You are free to discover the talents that are built with in you. To explore the inner workings of your mind. You are free to take creative risks with your life. Free to experiment and do more with your day. Free to build what you can’t find but you know you need. Free to have an original thought and express that thought elegantly.
Why then do we so often choose to waste this freedom? Why are we so careless with the free time we have? Why do we waste our weekends, our evenings, any free time we have in idol pursuits? Surfing the internet, watching bad Netflix series and trolling through Instagram?
I argue, like Colin Wilson that to be truly happy most human beings need a certain amount of stimulus during their free time or they will grow dull, lethargic and perhaps for some, even depressed. This is not a motivational rant about having a positive attitude or being grateful. This is about doing more with our minds and our lives. This is about using the free time we have to create something new and original.
Playing it Safe is The Riskiest Thing You Can Do
Many people will account their lives to be successful if they get through them with only minimal pain. Few aim to rise above a plodding existence. And this, not-withstanding that they often have within them the ability to do something that which perhaps no other human being has done before.
Merely to do what others have done is often safe and comfortable; but to do something truly original, and do it well, whether appreciated by others or not – that is what being human is really all about and it is alone that what justifies the self-love that is pride.
From Richard Taylor’s Restoring Pride.
Occupy your day with interesting tasks, challenges and problems to solve.
Strive to spend the majority of your free time creating, exploring, learning, doing.
Challenge your capacities and improve your talents.
Creative risk taking requires perseverance, struggle and the short term sacrifice of pleasures and comfort, to explore and cultivate the gifts within us, and thus to enjoy the fruits of genuine pride.
The goal: to attain personal excellence of the kind that sets you apart from others.
Read Richard Taylor’s Restoring Pride
Watch Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity
Afarin Sajedi was born in 1979 in Shiraz. She came to Tehran to study at the Azad University of Tehran where she got her degree in Graphic Design. Sajedi’s creativity, technique and powerful presentation are sure to ensure her an elevated position in the world of Iranian art. She has several motifs she enjoys portraying. However, whether she is depicting her Japanese people, her clowns or her theatrical personages she only portrays women. In all her works her women’s faces are highly made up be it in pain or joy to show how she visualizes women when they leave the security of their homes to enter the world outside. “Women have often told me how much they enjoy using make up because it allows them another face,” Sajedi exclaims in despair. She confesses that she has been highly influenced by Heinrich Boll’s Clown and by Gustav Klimt. She uses Klimt’s depth of color to vivify the pain of the modern woman in any role she decides to thrust herself into. Red plays an important role in the works of this painter. “It’s an aggressive color,” Sajedi says, “and I love aggressive colors.” Sajedi has participated in four group and four solo exhibitions. She is presently living and working in Tehran.
Still looking for it. That one thing that sets me apart from others…
A stimulating buffet of ideas and information. And I agree, cultivating a rich inner life is critical, taking an interest, seeking the new, challenging oneself.