Yes! We! Can!

 

Victory is ours!

Well I’m back in Sydney, back to work, back to the blog, and ready to take on the world. It was great to escape for the last week or so, do a spot of soul searching, and get ready to take the next step.

The last step was to see out a successful exhibition. What a thrill to witness someone’s idea take form; a spark of imagination transforming into a drawing, morphing into a giant pile of styrofoam and fibreglass, and blossoming into a life-sized blue whale’s heart. Thank you Ronan for the opportunity to witness the unfoldment of your heart. And for the opportunity to get dressed up like a high school chemistry teacher in a backyard meth lab. We sure know how to rock our Personal Protective Equipment!

PPE Has Never Looked So Good!

While I was out of town, I pilfered my brother Daniel’s copy of Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large. In it, William Shatner discusses his rules for living. Amongst these rules you’ll find: Know which conversations require a bulletproof vest; Talk is cheap – unless you can make money with a talk show; Always have a spare set of underwear on hand; and my favourite rule, Say “Yes”. Bill almost always says “yes”. Why?

“Yes” means opportunity. “Yes” makes the dots in your life appear. And if you’re willing and open, you can connect these dots. You don’t know where these dots are going to lead, and if you don’t invest yourself fully, the dots won’t connect. The lines you make with those dots always lead to interesting places. “No” closes doors. “Yes” kicks them wide open.

I can feel an itchy foot, ready to kick a few doors wide open! Already I’m saying “yes” to organising the first Chiron Creative event in August. I’m saying “yes” to setting up an orphanage. I’m saying “yes” to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge for my birthday. And I’m saying “yes” to falling in love with the unknown, and letting the dots connect in interesting and unforseen ways.

If I set you a challenge, will you say “yes”? Good. Then here’s my challenge to you: Take a pen and paper and write yourself a list of at least 3 things that you’ve always wanted to do. Go on, it’s easy. 3’s nothing. Write them down, and when you realise you can’t stop at 3, write some more. Write as many as you want. See if you can beat me and my 162 things. Now stick that list up somewhere you’ll see it often. Then get out and start kicking!

While you’re pondering the need to invest in some good sturdy steel-capped boots, I’ll leave you with a short cautionary tale called Eat, Fry, Love from the indelible Mr Shatner. As Bill knows, on some occasions it’s better to say “no”. Especially when you’re all out of Personal Protective Equipment!

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And so it begins

In the Deep End

Time to start flexing my writing muscles again after going missing in action for an ungodly amount of time. When I say ungodly, yes, I do mean that I was hanging in the underworld with Lucifer himself. But you can only warm your feet by the fire for so long. They soon start to itch and it’s time to get the Hell out of there!

So, what am I going to write about? I don’t know yet! Then why am I writing? For the joy of writing. And to bring a little magic back into life. One. Word. At. A. Time.

Today’s word: Art.

“Why art?” I hear you ask. Why not? It starts with A, just like the Alphabet. AND because I got a phone call recently from my friend Ronan. All aflap, he says “the exhibition’s been moved forward to July! Holy Fuck!” Setting off a chain of events that have led me here. And to setting up another blog over here. And needing an occasional shiraz over here. And here. And here. All in the last few days!

So, to be double-blogging is going to test my mettle. But what’s a mettle if it’s not to be tested? Hey, I’ve faced bigger challenges than this. In fact, I have a list of 150-odd challenges (recently renamed ‘achievements’) to hit. But they’re for another blog post. Today, art. Art and our exhibition, ‘How Big is Your Heart?’ scheduled for an upcoming Shine event. We have 9 weeks to pull our team together and create like there’s no tomorrow! There’s been a mountain of brainstorming amidst the styrofoam and panic attacks, and there’s bound to be plenty of story fodder to chew on. You can check out the menu over at Chiron Creative. At the moment it’s looking a little sparse but by the weekend there should at least be an amuse bouche for you to sample!

In the mean time I’m just enjoying the fact that my creative passion has been reignited. I’m saving the meltdown for after the show!