It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you begin

It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you begin.

Life is a sine wave.


The Dirty Work

I used to get a bunch of scabs when I was kid. I was always outside exploring the world, playing sports, and getting dirty.

Adult life is too clean. I can’t get my pants dirty before or during work. Instead, I take a bunch of Instagram pictures of the everyday ruggedness of New York to inspire feelings of mental rebellion.

Sometimes I worry that I’m playing it too safe, that the dirty work is the only way to keep moving forward.

“To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.”
– George Orwell

Life is a series of bumps eclipsed by success. But it only gets to be that way through risk and rough patches. Life is a sine wave, after all.


It all works out in the end, at least in creative writing.

As Sonny says:

“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.”

Productivity & Work

‘Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave’

Print by Marc Johns

“We of ambition were raised since kids that life should be an unending arrow upward – each event propels you to the next one and all great successes. All of our school heroes seemed to follow that trajectory. But, of course, none have. Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave. One hopes it arcs upward, but in reality it is a series of amazing highs and terrible lows. That is how to view life.”

You don’t always have to be moving upward. Progress undulates up and down and ebbs and flows side to side. Success is wobbly, like this.