Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
Sterling Ambivalence

T+240 minutes

Four hours since the lights went out (8:04pm EDT). I plugged in the laptop, so I can actually have a full battery. I wish I had a more powerful portable light. I could use this opportunity to get the sketch pad out and re-hone my artistic craft. I used to actually be able to draw. Not good enough to make a career out of being a starving artist, but good enough to impress my easy to impress friends, and to get B's from art class. (Well, knowing how to set the computers up for the art teacher helped in that regard, too.)

You see, when I was a kid, I loved to watch cartoons. Well, that's not much different from now, except that I would watch a Chuck Jones cartoon or Peter Pan from Disney and think, "I want to do that when I grow up."

My only problem was that I have the attention span of a gnat. To be a great artist — or great anything for that matter — you have to stay focused on your goal and continually hone your craft of keep your eye on the prize or whatever cliche meaning to keep practicing pops into my head over the course of this sentence. Unfortunately, I jump from interest to interest like a hummingbird does from flower to flower.

Let me amend that. I'm like a humming bird on heroine! In addition to being an animator, I wanted to do the following. Political cartoonist, journalist, marine biologist, physicist, professor of mathematics, graphic designer, actor, singer, saxophone player, stand-up comedian, computer programmer, writer, photographer, airplane pilot, meteorologist, architect, engineer, and DJ.This is not my list from the past 20 or so years — this is my list from the past two years. My long-suffering advisors, counselors, friends, and family have been pulling their hair out trying to get me to find a niche and stick to it. Unfortunately, excelling at one thing though the years isn't my kind of challenge. I find trying something that I've never did before much more fun of a challenge. I've threatened financial aid at GMU by saying that I won't leave until I've been through every single course!

Of course, if I do, I won't have to worry about trying to find a job once I graduate. I'll be dead before then!
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