We all need constant reminders that the word is an extraordinary place where dreams are had and followed.
Otherwise we experience poverty of aspiration, to borrow a term from the labor party, which is a state of mind that prevents us from continuing to explore of all the possibilities of life.
A few years ago, I was going through a creative slump. For the first time in my life, there was no excitement at having discovered something worth doing. I hadn’t chosen a creative project with the potential to galvanize me out of my anxiety trap. And I knew that if I didn’t turn my brain over to some magnificent obsession, and if I didn’t turn an idea that fascinated me into something real in the world, I might go crazy.
And so, I started watching one documentary, every day. Even if I wasn’t interested in the topic. Even if I’d never heard of the filmmaker before. Because I knew that would expand and inspire and challenge my mind in new directions. After all, the purpose of a documentary is to give us a genuine slice of something we don’t normally see.
What’s interesting is, after watching a few dozen films on a variety of topics, I started asking myself new questions.
What fascinating or unusual thing could I do in my own life that would be worth making a documentary about? What new direction could I take that would be worth watching from afar?
These questions ignited a spark within me.Kickstarted my ambition. And they reminded me that the world bundle of possibilities waiting to be explored. I just had to leave the house.
Literally. I had to put on my big boy clothes and press the flesh and get my hands dirty and keep failing until I finally found a dream worth having.
It took about four months, but it finally worked. And now I’m living a life that I wouldn’t trade.
The point is, having big plans for the future doesn’t have to be an archaic curiosity. We can build mountains for ourselves to climb.
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