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Notes from Steve

January 9, 2023

RainbowBe Balanced. Enjoy the whole rainbow of colors life has to offer.

I used to say that I want to be a great life generalist - not a specialist.  And for the most part, I’m decent or even “not so bad” at a lot of stuff.  I feel balanced.  I got a t-shirt from my secret Santa* that said “World’s Okayest Bicyclist”.  I thought … “yep”.  I like biking, but I don’t want to go overboard.  When I was in New Hampshire, I used to do a lot of painting (like art painting not wall).  I used to paint images of cows a lot (because I knew how to draw a cow). People started giving me a ton of cow stuff because they thought I was “into” cows.  Actually, I liked to paint … just happened that cows were what I painted.  So, I stopped painting and creatively balanced myself in a different way.  Now, it’s music and biking and cooking and reading - a little bit of everything.  My interests are deep and they are wide -- and people stopped giving me cow stuff.**

I really think balance is so important in everything.  Diet, exercise, binge watching, working, etc.  If I (this is not likely to happen) work out too much - I’ll end up hurting myself.  A friend used to work out like crazy on the elliptical machine up at the fitness center.  She’d be really happy with her progress, and then she’d strain a muscle from working out too much and have to stop working out.  This is my nightmare.  I don’t want to go overboard in anything I do and have to stop.   

We need specialists in our lives.  Especially at ISH.  But the specialists I know have other interests.  They ride bikes/ski/run, and play instruments and enjoy their families.  This is what makes ISH so special.  Our specialists are also awesome generalists.  They know balance.  

*April in HR.
**now I get bike stuff.  

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