04 May 2007

Am I trying to do too much?

No. I finally realized I'm not trying to do too much.

My passion and desire to do and excel at so many things (as you can see from my blog's sub-title) used to make me feel like I'm lacking focus and direction at times because I'd find myself wanting to do so many different and seemingly unrelated things making it hard to be like many others who are more specialized in one thing and get really, really good at it. I used to feel that the way I was going, I'd eventually be mediocre at many things rather than great at anything.

I love playing drums, making music, reading technology books, taking photos, being as productive as I possible can, exercising, watching comedy and many many more. Some of these aren't just hobbies but are more like passions I strive to excel in, making me often wonder if there's room for me to be good at so many things...

... but I finally see it clearly now. I'm currently reading How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day and it's really opened up my eyes to one of my heroes, Mr. Leondardo da Vinci! Woah, this guy's insane! He was an artist, a scientist, a philosopher and so much more. The more I learn about him, the more I realize how right I am for trying to excel in seemingly very different things! Leonardo was good at many completely different things such as physics and painting. However, the more I learn about him, the more I realize how it was his greatness in these seemingly unrelated fields that really complimented his skills in every way. For example, his knowledge for the human anatomy lead him to make better drawings of the human body and better understand how it can be used and portrayed.

Leonardo talks about sharpening the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch and smell) and to do so you need to not only focus on one thing. I mean, it makes a lot of sense! Much like the saying "A person who doesn't read is as good as a person who can't read.", anyone who neglects one of their senses is really as good as a person who doesn't have it. Leonardo respected his senses so much that he bought clothes of the best materials he could afford because he wanted to appreciate his sense of touch with quality clothing rather than just anything.

My goal now is to sharpen my senses I realized I've been neglecting to a certain extent:
  • Sight: Being a designer, I do expose myself to a lot of visual stimulation. But at the same time my lack of formal training has really hurt me when it comes to being a visual designer and my goal is to break it down and learn to really see. Leonardo da Vinci said that drawing is the fundamental necessity for a person to properly see the world as it requires you to really understand the lines and shapes that make up the reality you're in and so now I've begun trying to learn to really properly draw.
  • Sound: I listen to BrainSync audio, specifically the Positive Thinking one, which oddly was quite depressing when I first started listening to it. Now I'm probably used to it so it doesn't give me that same dream-like feeling where I feel like I was a narrator of my own life and just drifting along with everyone else in the world.
  • Taste: I admit, this is one of my weakest sense simply because I've toned it down so that I don't become fussy with my food and drinks. I suppose it's more than the taste of meals but the taste of rain, the taste of blood when you bite your lip, the taste you get after drinking a glass of milk and not gargling. I suppose I can only try to focus more on my taste when I can.
  • Touch: Again, another one of my weak sense simply because I only notice it for its literal value, when I need to actually feel something. I guess with drumming, I've learned to value my sense of touch because drumming requires my hands to stay light on the drum sticks and learn to appreciate the feeling of sticks bouncing off the drum head.
  • Smell: Once again, a weak sense due to my neglect. I guess the smells I really notice are are usually my body odor just before I'm going to meet someone because I'm inspecting myself so I don't embarrass myself with bad BO.
On a positive note, at least I'm more fired up to keep working at my different passions no matter how unrelated they seem because I have a genius who has proved to me that it is alright to want to do all this. On a negative note, for all I know this may one day drive me insane, so hopefully the breathing exercises I do where I take 5 minutes of pure peace and just relax myself will keep me sane. I look forward to finishing How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day and working on the exercises it suggests and hopefully by the time I'm 25 in September, I'll be the genius I aimed to be :).
I still remember telling myself when I turned 23 that when I'm 25, I have to be settled and have my future in my hands with a clear goal(s). I've still got time which means I've still got a lot of work to do.

So in my usual blog-entry fashion, I'd like to end this one with a good luck to me!

PS. Out of nowhere, I just realized, that if I turned the letter "C" into a sound, it'd be "Kong", why? Because if the letter C was shown as a sound wave, it'd have a treble and a bass and Kong has both, the "k" is the treble, and the "ng" is the bass, both of equal strength.
PPS. Now that I think of it, for the letter "U", it'd be the word "Wow", going from up, down back up. Just wanted to add this in as I thought it was quite interesting.



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