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Thoughts about Time and Money, after seven weeks of self-employment

"Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each."
- Christopher Rice


I heard a scrap of conversation from the booth next to ours at a Mexican restaurant: "Is is possible to quit a steady job and just pursue your dreams?" the voice asked. There's no universal right answer, but it's useful to ask the question. Me, I'm seven weeks into self-employment, something I haven't done seriously for ten years. It's a heady feeling to have the time to pursue some creative ideas, to explore.

My younger son, when he was eight, asked, "Wouldn't it be great if it only took 60 pennies to make a dollar, and a hundred minutes to make an hour?" The question sets up the dilemma expressed in a line from a Trisha Yearwood song, about "try[ing] to keep the balance up between love and money."

It's a luxury to be able to ask the question, if the issue of the moment is "can I pay the rent?" or, as I once found myself asking, "can I afford this jar of peanut butter?" But life is about more than rent and peanut butter, and sometimes it becomes imperative to do what you feel you were put on earth to do.

The illustration attached to this post is my design for the money in the fictional town of Pigville. In Pigville, the founding pigs wanted their descendants to handle their money, Dropps and Bucketts, wisely, and put useful proverbs all over the currency. We still have a useful proverb on our currency. It's one that will guide me through whatever I do in the months and years to come.

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