- Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about.
- Kurt Vonnegut, How to Write With Style
Care can propel us far. To care is to invest, to let the rest of the world fall away, to sink into something that moves you. To care is to be engaged. To be a citizen of the world. A full citizen. To care is to be alive. We all care…about something.
It’s easy to assume we know what we care about. I’d argue, however, that we often have to slow down to really understand what that is. They say that if you want to know what someone values, look at how they spend their time (or money). I might change that to if you want to know how someone is avoiding being with their pain and discomfort look at how they spend their time (or money).
Often, what we care about was slapped out of our hands — out of our hearts.
I’d suggest we look for not just what brings us pleasure, but what brings us unadulterated joy. What makes us feel alive. What lights us up.