Today’s New York Times has an interesting article about how people visit museums. The author juxtaposed the pre-technological age habit of “deep-diving” into literature and art versus today’s “smash-n-grab” approach (walk in to a museum, grab a headset, walk through, drop headset, have a latte).
I think that we all feel like we are skimming the surface of our lives, that we’d love to dip below the surface, but that there’s so much to see and so much to do. Instead, we’re content to find the “top 10” this and the “favorite” that and make choices as if all of life were in a zagat guide.
If we ever gave ourselves pause to think, we might realize that life’s richness requires us to get engaged, and that engagement requires time, focus and attention. Ironically, time, focus and attention are becoming scare in the internet-dominated world where we can communicate with anyone and be anywhere we want.
On your way to work, think about what you are really passionate about. Determine to be an expert in that subject. Find people who are equally engaged in what you love. Try to do it all off the grid.
Grab a pencil, grab a sketchbook. The rest is up to you.