Close the Screen and Live in Real Time!
Quote of the Day: Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human. Anthony Robbins
Inspiration is all around us. We need to wake up to the life we’re intended to live. I love that Toyota commercial (above). I’m not trying to sell you a car, here. What I love about that ad is the young woman thinks that she’s “living” since she has so many facebook “friends”. She tried to get her parents to “live a little.” When, in fact, they’re already out there experiencing life. They’re active and adventurous. They’re meeting new people and exploring the world.
Many of the great artists and writers of the world lived interesting and complex lives. They got out there and explored new territory like Stephen Crane. They picked apples on farms like John Steinbeck. Mary Higgins Clark was a flight attendant and a mother of five, widowed while they were all still young. The brilliant playwright Oscar Wilde traveled, studied the classics, and spent time in prison for “indecent relations” with men. Mark Twain worked various jobs and traveled extensively. The great poet Mary Oliver, survivor of childhood sexual abuse, worked on a farm. Clara Wieck Schumann started touring as a concert pianist when she was 11-years-old. She toured with her husband Robert Schumann, who was supportive during their courtship, but later begrudged her success. The couple had eight children, one died in infancy, had a life filled with tragedy, and yet, she continued to perform and compose music. All this in the 1800’s when it wasn’t proper for a married woman to be pursuing her own talents and career.
We humans were not meant to live in isolation. Go out this weekend and find adventure. Do something that takes courage. Take pictures of something that looks interesting to you. Attend a live performance. Talk to the artists. See all that your community has to offer. My plan is to visit relatives I haven’t seen in a while and attend the 1940’s Radio Hour up in Pequot Lakes, presented by the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA). What’s on your agenda?
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Give yourself an adventure, take a vaction from who you usually are, and live. Afterwards, write about the experience. (Looking forward to hearing back from you on Monday. *grins*)