17 May 2013

the persistent drip

Life does amazing things.  It's oftentimes serendipitous.

ser·en·dip·i·ty (sĕr'Ən-dĭp'ĭ-tē) n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties
1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.
Or it's just chance.  I'm a believer I think in former rather than the latter but sometimes we have to just raise our hands and go with it.  I think things happen for reasons, I embrace the hard or bad as much as I revel in the amazing and great.  Lessons are not always easy to understand or see or even digest but they are always there.  There is always something to gain from experience. 
I just read an article on backstage.com, for those of you who don't know, this is an online (and print!) publication for actors.  There's advice coloumns, there's audition notices, there's class reviews/suggestions/ideas, op-ed pieces.... it's one of those entertainment professionals trade publications.  I get emails ona regular basis some I enjoy, some are eye-roll worthy - it happens to the best of the best.  ANYWAY, Jordan.  This article was about gaining success like Edie Falco (here if you want to read).  It was talking about how this woman worked her but off doing showcase after showcase and off-off Broadway productions, loving her craft and working the multitude of jobs actors tend to do to make ends meet.  Then, she got to read a new play, then she got cast in said play, then the play went to Broadway and now she is the Edie Falco we know and who has this great acting career with constant work.  The author speaks of actors too green and impatient, reminds us that this career takes a lot of hard work, a lot of persistence and a whole sh!tload of patience.  

"Time. Give it generously to yourself. Embrace the journey—ruts and rolls included.
Patience. Determination. More patience. A dash more of determination. That’s how success is achieved – however you define your success.
It’s the persistent drip that cracks the stone."

It's hard not to compare yourself to those around you.  To see their successes and wonder what you did wrong to not have that same opportunity.  Each and everyone of us is different, we have different paths, there's different reasons different things happen to each of us.  And, quite frankly, if it was so easy...everyone would act. You get to play pretend for a living. This article reminded me that it takes work, that it takes time, that it takes a strong spine to keep doing and trying.  I say to people all the time, you have to keep moving forward.  What am I doing to move forward?  How do I make the most of what I've got, what time allows and what I want?  I know I have these little "life realization" moments over and over again. I think they're good for me.  I just have to keep moving and make it work. 
On these theme, I also read an interview yesterday with Kris, the woman behind Young Married Chic.  And the thing that popped out at me and resonated was when she was talking about blogging: 
"Biggest obstacle you’ve overcome since starting YMC?
I think most bloggers would say the same thing- you reach a point where you question giving up blogging because (you think) no one is reading your site and you are wondering why you are doing it. If you push past that moment, I think you will find that amazing things can happen."
Speak to my soul world!! "Push past that moment..." I want to, it may take me a little time but, I'll get there. Thanks for sticking with me. 

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