I'm a firm believer in attempting to strike that balance between the zen-like attitude of 'everything happens for a reason at it's own rate, etc.', and the more proactive approach that might be summed up as carpe diem. I think I've always been like that to some degree, but when I was younger I wrongly believed that I was just lazy, and irresponsible for relying too much on the former approach. With a bit of experience I've come to realize the importance of picking ones battles carefully...learning to whittle issues down to their essential elements and then choosing which ones are most important to me personally.
At this point in our country's history it's encouraging that so many among us seem to want to return to what might be called the 'simple life'. I've dreamed of this myself for many years now, but for a variety of reasons including societal expectations, perceived expectations from friends, relatives and significant others (or insignificant for that matter) and mostly my own fear of making a living with my own talents that dream has been postponed seemingly indefinitely. Recently, my employer (who I will refer to as THE STATE OF TEXAS) has thrown a monkeywrench into my life in the form of a layoff...
The timing seems to be the work of fate, though I suspect it also has a lot to do with the sad state of politics/business in this state, the country and much of the civilized world. Greed and FEAR seem to be behind many of the important decisions that affect our very way of life, and the division between the haves and have-nots grows daily. The very concept of a middle class is literally being destroyed and I often wonder if this is not all by design, but that is a topic for another day.
Life/The Universe/My higher self/My subconcious (or really consistent random chance) has been slapping me upside the head with the fact that I need to not only assert myself much more but I also need to make much better use of the creative talents that I have. All signs indicate that the more community-based, creatively satisfying and in some ways 'simpler' life I've always wanted has a strong possibility of exisiting if I can only put into practice what I've always believed: Everything we'll ever need is already inside each of us. Embrace the fact that you will fail on occasion. Work hard doing something that you love and you will achieve success on your own terms....And eat Mexican food at least once a week.