The greatest gift life offers us is the ability to build with our hands what’s in our hearts. I can promise you this: if you consistently shout about what you love, let people know what you want to do, possibilities start to show up. At your doorstep, over coffee, in your inboxes. Some you hope for and some you never even imagined existed. They come from close friends, people you’ve just met, and people you knew a lifetime ago. So please, don’t wait. You don’t have any time to waste. None of us do. Seek our opportunities to do what you love. And if you don’t find them, then make them. Manifest. Raise your voice. Move your feet. Find your pack. Rise, and lift others on your way up. Choose joy.
Time is our most precious resource.
We can make more money.
We can’t make more time.
We have to do what we’re most passionate about,
What lights us up,
What brings us joy,
Today and every day.
Get out there.
Live and tell your story.
And just like that I started making plans to visit Berlin, a city I’ve wanted to go to for years. There, I’ll be doing plenty of nerdy museum, science, history, art, and culture research. Plus visiting old and new friends who live there. Why have I waited so long to make this trip? Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, I can’t wait to see you. Have you been to Berlin? Give me all your tips and recommendations!
We have only so much time and the stories that mean the most to us are the ones we need to take the time to tell. What I love best about storytelling is its urgency, how a good story won’t you leave you alone until you tell it. It will follow you around, tap you on the shoulder, and whisper in your ear. The longer you ignore it, the louder it becomes, until you just have to bring it to life.
Most of the time my tenacity is a real blessing. Sometimes, it causes me to take a path that I make harder for myself when it doesn’t have to be difficult at all. All I have to do is change my mind. (Haha – easier said than done!) All I have to do is decide that right now in this moment I have everything I need to tell the stories I want to tell, the way I want to tell them. (Also easier said than done but I’m getting better at this bit.)
The universe often has to give me the same lesson multiple times, especially if it’s a lesson I don’t want!, until I learn it and don’t have to go through it anymore. Maybe this is true for you, too. Maybe this perspective helps, and if it does, I also hope it helps you know you’re not alone. I’m right there with you and I believe in you. I believe in us. And I believe in the power of stories and storytellers to bring a better world into existence. So let’s just do that, okay?
Sometimes you think you’re opening a door to an experience and the door doesn’t lead where you thought it would. It leads you to another door. Once you know that, pass through that room, learn what you can on the way, and go through the next door. Your purpose is elsewhere and life is short. Move on, grateful for the experience, knowing you got what you needed even if it wasn’t what you wanted. The best things that happen to me have nothing to do with my plans and everything to do with my presence. That door you walked through was just a path, not home. And that’s okay. You never know what may come of it, who you impacted on that journey, and how it may circle back in miraculous ways. Walk through that room, head up, eyes up, and with grace. You got this. Choice is a gift; treasure it.
The best ideas are elegant and simple. They’re accessible and don’t require long explanations. They’re inclusive and inspiring. They’re like a story told around a campfire, a book that keeps you up way past your bed time. They make you say “hell yes!”
Aspiring Manhattan filmmakers, do you know about Manhattan Neighborhood Network – MNN, an award-winning public access TV offering Manhattan residents low-cost production training and shows in 40+ languages? Take classes, use their state-of-the-art equipment and studios, tell stories that matter, and discover filming opportunities. I’m going to their orientation on Tuesday evening, and I’m excited to learn more about this treasure trove of resources, support, and community for film producers and directors.