Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why Not?

George Bernard Shaw once said: “You see things and say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’” 

Thanks Georgy, it's a good one. To be clear if you're here reading this you're probably the "Why Not?" part of the quote.  You're interested in living life in an unabashed, non conventional way, wild and free... but enough about you... for now;)
Truth is I love the quote. I'd like to think I live by the quote but sometimes I do get stuck up in that strange and difficult crevice in my brain called "Looking Good."  You know, that very ridonculous and very human attribute that quite frankly can suck the life out of all adventure.  

ADVENTURE! Yes! the thing that this whole dealio is about.  "But, but what if?"  Look, the bottom line is for me and for you (okay it's still about you) that out of all the possible outcomes - mediocrity, worldwide success, straight up failure, looking like an idiot - nothing creates more sadness than doing nothing- regardless of the reason.  So share what you're wanting, what you're stuck on, get feedback, Make unapologetic requests (unless that includes a ride to the airport) and just shake your bootie!  And while we're on the dance floor, you should know I've been dreaming things, and scheming things in the spinning disco ball that is my mind and hoping my current playlist keeps the energy moving - cause for me it's all about keeping the energy moving. 

Among other things I'm getting ready to launch a new book of monologues, looking for locations for a short film I can't get out of my mind, working on a sitcom spec script and developing some new story ideas.  Like Mr. Shaw said, " Why not?" Because I got mad skills?  Because I like to torture myself?  Maybe, maybe not but for sure because at the end of the day I want toI get to and I can.  Repeat.  Yes, at each step of the process I'm dealing with tons of questions, new decisions to make, new possibilities and new challenges but if I (we) just remember the adventure part, remember that the option of living a life like a cut out piece of cardboard and not liking that option so much isn't an option and finally if we always remember that living with creative impulses is a gift and gifts are for giving... not keeping in strange and difficult crevices... then maybe we can be more of who we came here to be.

Fellow Mavericks/Misfits
I'd like to give a shout out to my long time friend Kyle Turk who has completed his first novel.  Talk about an adventure... 
Love the title and one look at the cover and I just want to make some home made moon shine pull up a bear rug and give it a read cause my friend Kyle's always had the goods.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

You Never Know

I'm not going to lie.  I'm not exactly sure what it is is I'm going for here...
See, I wanted to create a space where having a wide range of creative impulses is actually an advantage, not a disadvantage.  You know, "The new black." 

Some of you, may be like me and not know where to start at times, which is exactly why this year I wanted to create a blog, a conversation and hopefully a dialogue about moving forward in the face of not knowing.  Ahhh, the good old not knowing syndrome ha?

I've got a few amazing things on the fire creatively and as I walk closer and closer to and through that fire - metaphorically of course, I mean who are we kidding, I don't do fire - I realize I'm going to have to do it without knowing exactly how.

Really, when you think about it, for as much as we think we know, we don't.  I'm not talking about the practicality of knowing where you left your keys and knowing how to read, write and so on and so forth and by no means am I discouraging walking through the world with a deep sense of who you are and what you want.  See, it starts with the practical...  "I know I'm going to be in Palm Springs in December, that the 405 takes me to the studio, that my loved ones will all be here tomorrow."  Will they? Really? It is 2012 right? I'm just sayin'.  Look, I don't want to get all apocalyptic on your ass, God knows everyone else has that covered, truth be known I know absolute shit about anything Apocalyptic, save for that movie with Ben Aflek.  

Anyway, My point?  Do we ever really know what's going to happen? really? No.  Do we walk around like we do? Yes.  Does that get in our way of the very mystery that life is?  I'll leave that one as a question... 

So if we really don't know what's going to happen but selectively act like we do know about certain things, and yet have no idea about others, how is that serving the expanse possibilities that are out there? Why don't we take on having that NOT be our context for moving forward!  You see it moves very quickly from the practical things, like I mentioned, to the emotional things and before you know it your knowing your way into a dead end, a safe predictable dead end. "Oh he's way out of my league, I could never get a meeting there, why bother?" I mean really, hows that working out for you?  

To move forward from the context that life is a mystery. Maybe instead of knowing, we move forward because we came here to experience life, to play and to not get it right but to participate in the things that bring us joy so that we can take our heads out of our farthest orifices and be present.  Cause Honey Child! (I've really written this blog just to say Honey child!) you only got one life... unless you believe in reincarnation in which case, you can visit my blog even when I can't.  Unless you end up being me.  WTF?   That was deep... like your unbelievable precious life.  

So let's get on with it!  Join me won't you? In not needing to know, to moving forward because you are a playa, because you walk in faith and not fear -  faith that it's not about perfection but rather playfulness and because like my friend Kathy always says, when I'm nearing my dead end..."You never know."

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