I'm a Practical Person

Is there anything more practical over the course of my lifetime than being myself?



To my dearest doodle soupers,


I’ve got a question for you: do you consider yourself to be a practical person?

I used to think I was impractical, at least a little bit. After all, the things I am most dedicated to are not things I do to achieve great wealth or success. I am dedicated to human connection and love, art-making, music, nature, and my own curiosity - these things, really above all else.


This week, I walked downtown from my voice teacher training class for 2 hours before I got on the subway home to Brooklyn. During my walk, it occurred to me that I am in fact very practical: I know what is most important to me and I make it my intention to prioritize what is most important to me as much as possible.


For me, being practical means being a few minutes late because I wanted to hug him a moment longer. And it means doing what feels right to me in my soul even when that’s otherwise inconvenient. It means painting because I believe art is practical, so practical that its purpose extends so far beyond us it can be hard to discern its exact outcome at a single place and time. I put time and effort into singing because I believe it’s practical to feel freer and to open my heart.

What is my life if not my time to be on this planet and see what life can be? This is how I feel drawn to spend my time here.

Is there anything more practical over the course of my lifetime than being myself?

The most practical thing is to spend my time how I would, simple and true. And seeing through the muddied waters to the clear blue is what sets me free.


Yours from the muddied waters to the clearest blue skies,

Nicole Sylvia Javorsky