This innocent looking package made its way to my front door today. Don’t let the external packaging fool you; This package contains leading edge technology from Nokia and Microsoft. This package holds the hardware that I will grasp, learn and manipulate in a content creating frenzy over the next few weeks. This package might as well be Christmas paper because this guy (pointing at myself) is as excited as a kid after a visit from Kris Kringle in late December.
Let’s unwrap the goodness!!
I was having a discussion with a friend the other day and it came up that since my last agent quit the business, I haven’t looked for another. That prompted her to ask me “Did you quit acting?”. I responded that “No, I haven’t quit acting…but I have stopped auditioning” That’s an over-simplified response, but it felt right and most closely articulated my current perspective. She didn’t get what I was saying and thus she doesn’t really get ME.
On Facebook, I started a post asking people to declare the little things in life that they are thankful for. You can see the action HERE. This got me thinking even more about gratitude. I wanted to quickly think of a few things that I could be thankful for that don’t appear to be objects worthy of thanks. Here is said list:
- I am thankful for the collective economic distress by my peers in Los Angeles.
I don’t say this because I want everyone in the same leaky boat with me. I say this for a couple of good reasons. First off, I believe that lots of great accomplishments come after disappointment. I’m also glad to be in an environment where we aren’t always “keeping up with the Joneses” and can focus on our creative pursuits.
- I am thankful for being single.
The “inner-jerk” in me would say that I’m thankful to enjoy different selections from the menu vs. only getting to enjoy my favorite entrée day after day. In fact, I would say that the ability to roam in social situations has allowed me to expand my network. Of course, I’ll be thankful when “she” makes “herself” known to me so I can have a teammate in this game of life. I’ll also be glad to stop typing about “her” in quotation marks.
- I’m thankful for bills and collections.
Seriously, these people expect me to pay them and believe that I will. I appreciate their optimistic attitude regarding my economic prospects. There are times that I’m not sure and then I’ll get a piece of mail or a phone call demanding that I fulfill my potential and pay them. That’s true support.
- I’m thankful for the death trap that I’m currently driving.
No, I don’t have a passive plan to leave this life anytime soon. I appreciate living in an area where I can walk for entertainment, shopping, dining, etc. It’s good for my health and I get to know the area in ways that you can’t from locked inside of a vehicle. To be honest, I’m even grateful for the vehicle as it allows me to travel beyond walking range.
- I’m thankful for not being the obvious ideal in the dating pool.
Let’s be real. People aren’t dating me for my money, power, prestige or underwear model contract. I truly know that I’m being loved for being myself.
Well, that’s my quirky, unexpected list of thanks to go along with health, friends, family and all the other “big stuff” that everyone always gives thanks for. I’d also like to give thanks to anyone who read this often neglected blog. Hmmmm…maybe I should consider the blog for my 2012 list of resolutions. Last year’s 10 Single Resolutions was all about living the single life and I think Mr. Inner-Jerk took over that list. Hmmmm….
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you all find reasons to be thankful for anything and everything you have in your lives.
I’m off to San Clemente to meet the #StumbleBaby.
- NO – I did not go to Vegas.
- NO – I did not have a “hot date”
- NO – I didn’t win the lottery
After a week where I accused of “jassassery” by a numb skull, I had what seemingly was a run-of-the-mill, standard 2-3 days. Perspective is a powerful lens through which to view one’s existence. My circumstance of late has been one of a spending freeze due to drastic drop in revenue generation. I have also felt a bit disconnected from people. The past few days have served as tonic to mask the symptoms of the aforementioned ails.
Read on for a recap of the weekend joy…