There Is No Try (Not!)

Today I’m thankful that I can take as many random academic courses as I wish.

I’ve been reading a book with what is probably one of my favorite titles (be warned, it is slightly rude).  The basic premise is that you won’t be good, or even mediocre, at everything you try, and that’s all right.  The point is to discover what you care enough about to become responsible for.  Each person has a limited amount of energy (or time, or concern, or anything) to give (referencing the book’s title) and sharing that resource according to your virtues is the way to live an examined life.  The short version is you need to pick your battles.  I admit that the concept is facile, but I appreciate that it’s grounded in practice rather than theory.  I will always prefer spending a day with an engineer to an artist.

In my life there are number of things I say I care about, but I’m not experienced enough at most of them to gauge the accuracy of my claims.  It’s more that I feel I should care about them, regardless of whether I actually do.  I’ve decided to put the book’s thesis into practice, because I only have so many fracks to give.  One of the perquisites of my work is reduced tuition and fees at a local university.  I’ve enquired about taking courses in several subjects.  The worst case is that I don’t enjoy the topic while still gaining knowledge.  I realise I should have figured out these issues long ago, but I’m thankful to have even a delayed opportunity.

Unrelated, but I sing and Aretha Franklin was the singer, and I’m very sad that she is gone.

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These Boots are Made for Walkin’

Today I’m thankful for a sturdy pair of boots.

I live in a region with cold, snowy winters and stormy, muggy summers.  A good pair of boots is protection against both snow and rain.  They’re comfortable and look presentable with most of my clothing.  I love boots.  They’re utilitarian.  They keep my feet dry.  I can tuck my pants inside them so they don’t get ruined by salt in the winter.  Go ahead and laugh at the inanity.  However, a solid pair of boots, a quality soup pot and a multipurpose kitchen knife can solve a number of basic needs.

Only tangentially related:  Sir Terry Pratchett (RIP), author of the wildly funny Discworld series, used boots to explain economic inequality (source Discworld & Terry Pratchett wiki).  I had similar thoughts about garden sheds.