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Things happen because other things don’t happen

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First of all there are the invitations.

 
(Flattering approaches to be part of some one else’s ideas).

 
The invitations that I didn’t think I could do, and which I declined.

Invitations that I didn’t have time to accept.

Invitations that I couldn’t afford.

Invitations that I didn’t follow up.

Invitations that they seemed to lose interest in .

Invitations that I accepted and that became things.

 
Then there are the ideas that *I* had.

 
Ideas that I forgot about.

Ideas that I lost interest in.

Ideas that I am still thinking about.

Ideas that I couldn’t formulate clearly

Ideas that I didn’t feel confident about.

Ideas that I approached others about (because somewhere along the line you need to approach someone).

Ideas that I approached others about but they never got back to me.

Ideas that I approached others about but were rejected.

Ideas that I approached others about but they couldn’t find the right time.

Ideas that I approached others about but fizzled out because we both lost interest.

Ideas that I approached others about and that that they supported so the ideas became things.

 
And there are the opportunities.

(The call-outs, grants, residencies, scholarships and such like).

The opportunities that I never knew about.

Opportunities that I knew about.

Opportunities that I knew about that I didn’t apply for.

Because I wasn’t interested.

Because I didn’t have the energy.

Because I didn’t think I would have been successful.

Because even if I had been successful, I didn’t think I would have gotten enough out of it.

Because I wouldn’t have had the time.

Because even if I had been successful I wouldn’t have been able to afford it.

Because I didn’t get round to starting the application.

Because I started the application too late.

Because I took too long.

 
And then there are the opportunities that I knew about that I did apply for.

 
Opportunities that I knew about that I applied for but I was rejected.

Opportunities that I knew about that I applied for and I was successful.

Opportunities that I knew about that I applied for and I was successful but I had to pull out of.

Opportunities that I knew about that I applied for and I was successful but I had to pull out of because I was sick,

or I didn’t have the energy

or something else needed my energy.

 
And opportunities that I knew about that I applied for and I was successful and I went through with them,

 
and they became things.
 

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