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Filed Under , on May 2nd, 2011

Morning Buddies #2

By Seth Kabala

A stranger looking at my schedule would conclude I’m a Fortune 500 exec who chooses to live in a middle-class neighborhood to avoid notoriety. Middle-class neighborhood: check. Still waiting on the stock options.

Most days from the moment I get home from work at four till around nine or ten (occasionally one or two am), I’m on the go.

Whether it’s working out, writing this blog (you’re welcome), writing songs, practicing music for an upcoming gig, practicing my signature–not for bill-paying, but for autograph signing. Gotta be prepared–I’m in a perpetual state of motion.

Sometimes I feel like a top. I have to keep spinning or everything will collapse. I fear my schedule is like my old 1985 250,000-plus miles Toyota Corolla: once you get her running, you’d better never shut her off, cause there’s no guarantee of waking that hibernating bear.

Breaks, though, are necessary. Balance in life keeps us from turning into d-list versions of Charlie Sheen, albeit without all the money, but who needs that, right? If you’re super-rich, you can ignore me. Monied folk tolerate insanity well, or should I say the world tolerates them well?

Point is, the rest of us have to find alternative ways to cope, which are better, anyway, money as problem-solver tending to de-tune the instruments, ya see.

The best therapy? Time with your family. No activities. No seeing how many people we can threaten to kill while driving to the family show at the theater. Just time, as my five-year-old son proved to me.

It was Saturday, and Will had said he wanted to eat breakfast with me before I started any projects. He got up before me, and when I came downstairs, he was sitting at the coffee table in the living room.

Me: Should I sit at the kitchen table or over there with you?

Will: It doesn’t matter. We’re still eating together.

And he went on watching “Dive, Ollie, Dive.”

Was the bulk of his attention focused on his show? Probably. Did he know I was there? Absolutely.

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Seth Kabala

About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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