“Life is about seeing the opportunity in front of you and rolling with the timing instead of second guessing. Being irrational is what will get you somewhere” -Emily
This is a quote my friend Julian wrote down, and put on his wall. He called me today to show it to me and in doing so, gave me a huge slap in the face. A taste of my own medicine so to speak.
You see, just shy of 4 weeks ago I met Julian Brand, an aspiring actor who had literally just arrived in Los Angeles from NYC the night before. Long story short, he’s now a dear friend, who I consider one of my closest confidantes, a creative ally, and an adventure compadre.
In moving to LA he left his NYC agent, his life as he had known it, a girlfriend (albeit long-distance GF now), and stepped into the big, wide, unknown, in which his acting teacher had told him “you are going before you are ready. If you go into an audition any less than perfect, the casting directors will never respect you and you will tarnish your name forever.”
So, somewhere in the process of helping him re-edit his acting reel, let go of that acting teacher’s limiting (but well-intentioned) advice, and assuring him that the only clothes he owned- his black merino wool v-neck t-shirt, and black Levi commuter trousers- would be pro-fesh enough to land him a future, with a Hollywood agent, I apparently told him the above nugget of wisdom. Wisdom that I forgot, threw out, stomped on, and tried to avoid, until, in my own moment of fear and hesitation, Julian placed right back in front of me…
Time and time again, I am reminded that we give the advice we need to hear the most. Thank you Me-of-the-Past, and Julian-of-the-Present- we may both just be crazy, and completely misguided, but I’m at least up for finding out.
(p.s. he got an agent :p)
Can’t I just go, simply because it would be an adventure?
Wisdom from the wise on a serendipitous Sunday. Thx V. H :)
Your views, opinions, preferences, concepts, goals, beliefs, are all ways of bringing the infinite universe down to the finite where you can feel a sense of control.
—Michael A. Singer
I believe that in order to change the world, we must first change ourselves. We must look within and get deeply in touch with what we want, why we exist, and the belief patterns that hold us back from realizing our full potential.
The greatest work we can do is discover what our ‘work’ is… and then fearlessly give that gift to the world.” - Amber Rae (www.heyamberrae.com)
You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.
Walking Far From Home
Life has been full, what can I say?
Full of new friends, new experiences, new challenges and achievements.
To sum up the past month and a half:
[seedlings=full blown greenery] [SEEN CARDS- Perez Hilton+MMVA after party] [courage, courage, courage!] [dirt piles&tea time] [rabbits] [weddings] [trampolining] [hummus&beets] [dark chocolate] [yoga] [swimming] [biking] [running!] [bouldering] [Spoken Word Poetry] [rope swing+deep pond] [Box Factory Concerts] [graveyards+dark] [abandoned houses] [DumpsterDiving] [forest forts] [amurkycreekinbarefeet] [bone marrow&duck liver] [good girlfriends]
And to think, summer has only “just” begun:)