A Winding Path

Alternate Realities

Posted in Musings by albthisandthat on December 31, 2016

I’ve noticed a common theme of my current favorite shows is exploring alternate realities. The Man in the High Castle posits that the U.S. lost WWII. Timeless touches on how even small changes in history change the trajectory of our lives. An older favorite movie, Never Let Me Go, takes place in a world where clones are allowed to live “normal” lives until their organs are needed by the naturally born.

It occurred to me this week that I get caught up imagining my own alternate realities for my future. How would life play out if I up and moved to NYC (where I have always wanted to live)? If I returned to Washington, D.C. and work in politics? If I remain in MN and have a tamer sort of life? My problem is that I can’t seem to decide between the options. My mind ends up spinning with the positives, negatives and obstacles of each. Am I being practical or frightened?

I am trying to sort out the million little decisions I have made that brought me to this place? The ones I am most proud of (and I know it’s been said thousands of times) have been those where I reached out to others, acted braver than I felt and expanded my boundaries. That is the guidance I am going to bring with me into 2017. I am going to seek out choices that scare and thrill me and say a confident “Yes!” to them. I will learn and push and travel and possibly embarrass myself along the way; but the one thing I know is that, a year from now, I will not reflect on 2017 with a yawn.


Inspiration and affirmation

Posted in Musings by albthisandthat on August 25, 2016
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As I contemplate jumping into new realms…

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.”
-Ira Glass