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I want to tell you how you are supposed to do a project. No, wait. I’ll let my neighbor tell you, a talented contractor who does beautiful work: You’ve got to spend lots of time planning and then you pick the project and then you get it done. You can’t try to do everything all at once.

But, actually, you can.

Like, you can paint and hang your new light fixture:
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And you can start painting:

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And you can lay floors:

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And you can get new appliances in:
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And while you’re at it, you may as well change out the fluorescent light for a chandelier.

And you can start taking wallpaper down:

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And you can have your roof re-shingled and you can go to a wedding and you can take your dog for a stylish haircut:

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And you can put in new faucets:
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And you can start that new floor plan:
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And then you can stand there and look at the chaos and realize you don’t have a single room that would qualify as done and go: oh.

There are only a few ways forward from this point. One option is to pick an entirely insignificant project you have a chance of completing so that you can, finally, check something off your list and refocus. Or you can sit on the floor eating Thai food and drinking local beer and looking around you with horror/wonder. Which is what we went for. And while I slurped down noodles I thought about when I first started teaching and remembered the veteran teacher who kindly said honey, you can save the world. Just maybe not all in one day. And I thought: maybe I’ll learn. Eventually.

But not all at once and not in one day.