The pursuit of happiness...Thomas Jefferson...& graduate school.

So to say that I or my peers have been busy over the past year is a huge understatement. We have quickly learned that pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture is very...very intense. Will Smith acted in a great movie with his son numerous years ago. The Pursuit of Happiness. My wife and I LOVE this movie. It gets at the heart of achievement and perseverance and hope and struggle and trials and the list goes on and on. Here's the quote: 

" It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?"

While I don't entirely agree with this statement, there is something resonating within it that is stiring - motivating. Why do we  endure sleepless nights, long days, stressful deadlines, crank professors, snarky studio mates, and constant eating on the run? I wonder if we have forgotten how to live a balanced life. I watched a video by FZDdesign (a concept artist school in Singapore). In it the founder talks about perseverance and learning a skill. In it he answers some letter from fans and responds to one asking about how to balance life with school.  His simple response is, you can't and you don't. Balance comes after school. Right now is a time out of balance where you learn and develop. Put in the hours now, get the job, then adjust.

Another person that I follow is financial advice guru Dave Ramsey. He comments similarly. He says that when he started out (this was after going bankrupt twice and almost loosing his marriage) he had to take a lot of speaking engagements to get to the point in his career and development that he could begin turning things down. He had options and was sought after for his experience. 

Anyway, I'm loosing you and myself and getting bored. My point is this, why do we pursue so crazily after things? I don't know. Maybe you have figured this out. Let me know. But I do know this, it can be fun...especially if you are chasing the things of your heart. 

do what you love - love what you do