But will they? Will they be there later? The answer is a very shaky "maybe". Will you find the time to get back to your personal passions or will this group project lead to the next group project that will take the spotlight? Will your personal goals wait for you or will they simple become things that could have been? What will it do to you if you continue to set your goals aside? Will they sit inside you contentedly waiting for that opportune moment when everything is perfect or will they grow heavy and affect your attitude. From personal experience, our dreams are not content to wait for us to find time for them. They demand that we make time for them. If we don't, it is very likely that they will disappear or grow menacing in their insistence for attention.
I have noticed my mood sinking over the last couple of weeks. I tried to blame it on three rounds of The Cold Season. While being ill may have contributed, I now believe it has much more to do with the fact that I had set aside my own projects in an effort to put a number of group projects first. The problem came when I did not manage to get past them and make progress on my own things. This unbalanced approach always does a number on my attitude. You would think I would learn. So, I am now in the process of rethinking how I handle things. I am reminding myself that it is not selfish to put my own goals first. It is self preservation which leads to a well balanced life and better motivation in all areas. After all, if I don't take myself seriously, how can I expect anyone else to?
Acknowledging that my own goals are as important as those goals that include others can be difficult for me. If it is for you too, maybe we should team up. Maybe we should form our own group where we bounce ideas for our own projects off of each other, divide tasks simply by keeping our own projects moving forward, and help each other stay accountable to our personal deadlines. If we all put our own dreams first, maybe this world will be filled with even more great things. What do you think?