I have to be honest with you guys & gals, I have been really uninspired lately. Which doesn’t make any sense. I constantly surround myself with creative and exciting things. Sarah and I are currently working on putting together our zine and the art that you have all put out there is awesome and inspiring. So...that means I should be inspired, right?
Right. Your work and other people’s works and passion do inspire me. The only problem is that I’m in a slump, an uncomfortable and awkward slump (speaking of slump, isn’t slump just a horrible word? Slump. slump slump slump. Say it a few times…).
Like I said, I like to envelop myself innovative and exciting things.This past week, I saw something that just hit home for me.
I saw the film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I know we had it in our SSS yesterday, but it bears mentioning again. I could gush about this film for probably five pages worth of text (I pinky swear, I won’t), but I’ll keep it short. Basically, this film is about doing thing; to not just sit around and daydream. It’s easy to say, “I want to go there”; “I want to do this”; “Wouldn’t it be cool to do this?”. The only way that these things will happen is if you actually do them. I know it from my own life experiences. You have to take chances and those chances always pay off. YOU JUST HAVE TO DO IT.
This movie was a wake-up call for me; it slapped me right across the face. Here’s my problem right now: I don’t do anything. I mean, I am a busy person, I’m constantly doing something either for work or...well, mostly just for work. As much as I love grading papers and coming up with lesson plans, I need to do more.
I need to start doing something for myself. That’s such an easy thing to say, but it’s harder to do. It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I’ve sat down with a notebook and just wrote. Yes, I write for this blog and I love it so dearly. But I’m talking about creative writing, where I sit down and just let the words throw up on the page. Gross. I should probably say, “flow out of my pen onto paper”, that’s much more eloquent. But it really just feels like word vomiting. And I love that feeling, I miss that feeling. I miss just letting characters do and say whatever they want and make you take the story where you did not intend to in the first place. That’s beautiful.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve gone out just for the sake of photographing beautiful things. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down with a complete stranger and asked for their life story. It’s been too long since I’ve traveled somewhere new, since I’ve seen new things.
So, mostly I’m writing this post to hold myself accountable, because this needs to change.
Starting NOW, I hereby pledge that I will stop daydreaming and start doing. I will create.
Let’s do this.
P.S. For an extra dose of inspiration today, check out HitRECord on TV’s first episode. It’s a beautiful collaborative effort and I can’t wait to see more episodes.