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Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:14 AM
What Was Your Best Year Ever?
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work

A friend in New York, Jan Liss, offered that question about jobs. Think about it, she challenged, was it related to something you developed, a year you faced an intense challenge, one where you had a baby, one in which you did something lasting?

As I was pondering this (for me, it was the year I decided to add more challenges to my work, including joining a NASA experimental program for a story), I asked her in return. Jan's answer started specific and then got more broad: 'Year 2 of almost anything. Year 1 is just so hard. Even though you're excited, you don't have much to show for it -- it's the concept that's happening. Year 2 is when stuff you've been working on is out there, you realize your basic idea was good, you're getting recognition for it. I love Year 2.'

Interesting concept. What was your best year ever? Can it be classified as a numerical year, a la Year 2, or should it be more generic?


1 comment

Laura Bergells - 6/23/2005 1:14:44 PM
Conversely, some people are enthusiastic starters, but lose passion just when their ideas start to gain momentum. Which is why it's great that many folks like 'year 2' maintenance work -- they're happier to tend to a growing entity than to get it off the ground. Takes all kinds....

But speaking non-numerically (or 'generically' as you put it), my absolute best-year-ever has everything to do with my state of mind. It had nothing to do with firsts, lasts, or in-betweens.

It's not about the year. It's about nuturing your life, so that no matter what stage of life you are entering, you're having 'the best year ever'.

Nothin' generic about being happy and having a great time on planet earth!

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