Sunday, August 12, 2012

Here we go again!

I'm sitting in the green room of Lucid Stage, thinking I've created more than a dozen blogs in my life and I have kept up with none of them. As I keep reminding myself, this one is going to be different. Not because I'm using the power of positive thinking, but because I decided it. Anyone who knows me knows I am very stubborn. When I want something, I will stop at nothing to get it; come hell or high water or an Iowa winter. The problem is I've been floating for the past few weeks months without any real goals or structure.
I need goals,
I like deadlines,
and change thrills me.
So that's what I'm gonna do, kinda.
In a little more than 18 months I'll be turning 25. That's a quarter of a century! Some of my older friends will chastise me and say that I'll still be a young-one. I know, but I'll be older.

So in 18 months, in addition to growing older, I hope to accomplish some other things.
  • Get more physically fit. -This will be the simplest and the most difficult.
  • Be less harsh on myself. - I am not always the most.... socially appropriate person in the world and I do goof up. I just need to relax.
  • Try new things. -Vague, I know. 
  • Take my acting life more seriously. -I have been majorly slacking off on this, but I don't want to.
  • Write!!! -Because I need to.
 Those are just some of the things I will be working on. In addition to those steps towards my future, I'll be looking back on some of my amazing adventures that I've had so far. Some of the names may not be the same to protect the innocent or the stupid, but they will always be my stories.Some of the stories will be
  • How hard is it to take your clothes off: a failed attempt at being strippers. 
  • Hear no evil: being attacked by a monkey in Japan.
  • Dirty white woman: tattoos are not always culturally appropriate. 
  • MmmMoonshine: Why I should not be allowed to taunt ghosts. 
  • Flesh wounds: Why it is not okay to do a fight scene after minor surgery.
  • Escapism: It's cheaper than therapy.  
Hint: The last one could be a series and may become one.

I told someone at the bar I was planning to do this and they told me a story. I remember some of the details and I found it is an old Jewish folk tale. From Drybones:

A Polish Duke decides to expel all Jews from his lands. The Rabbi and a delegation of Jews go to plead for mercy, but to no avail.
As they turn to leave the Duke's castle, the rabbi points to the nobleman's beautiful hunting dog.
"A really impressive animal," says the rabbi. "Can he speak?" "Of course not" says the Polish Nobleman, "Dogs can't speak."
"In one year," says the rabbi "using my secret Jewish magic, I can teach your dog to speak perfect Polish. In return, all that I ask is peace for the Jews of our little village" .
"Done," says the nobleman. "If the dog talks in a year, you Jews can stay. But if you fail I will have you killed and your people driven from their homes."
On the way back home, the frightened Jews shout at the rabbi, "What have you done?! You promised to teach the dog to talk!!? Are you CRAZY?! One year from now the Duke will kill you and drive us from our homes!! "
"Look" explained the Rabbi "He gave me a whole year,"A lot can happen in a whole year. The dog could die. The Duke could die. I could die... and who knows?!! Maybe the dog will learn to speak."

So maybe I won't make a dog speak, but I can do a lot.

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