Don’t quit, not yet.

This is my current mantra—to myself.

I thought you might want to hear it as well.

I feel behind on nearly everything these days. My life blurred out of focus with the arrival of our second son, and only in May or June of this year, once he hit eight months old, did I feel like I had a small, fleeting grasp on a few of the things that I want to do.

It would be so easy to give up now. It would be such a simple thing, to stop, to throw in the towel. It feels so tantalizing. Yes.

But I won’t.

I will slow down, finding my pace, finding my place—whether I’m the tail end of a marathon and the police cars are trailing behind me, scooping up the last of the runners before the road re-opens to other people. I won’t quit now.

The world needs what you are building, and it’s okay if it takes a while to build. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Slow down as much as you have to so that you don’t quit.

Find the place where you can paddle softly and make even the smallest of movements for a while.

Slow down as much as you need. Don’t stop completely. Keep going.

PS: I’ve updated my 2019 reading list through May of this year! I’m only two months behind the current month!

PPS: I still have not done an annual review for 2018, and I am okay with that. I would like to do one this year, if possible. It is not urgent, and it is medium important (if I skip a year I will come back next year and start again). Given that it’s already the middle of 2019 and we just tipped into the second half of the year, I’d love for you to know that it is okay to begin whenever you begin, even if you do an annual review in July. Like me.

The most important parts are that you

  • First, start.
  • And then, keep going.

The pace is up to you.