OH Hello 2016...
To be Honest, I feel like I have a lot of thoughts going on in my head right now. With today being the first Monday of 2016, it feels as if I must start things off to a good start or it'll knock the whole year off kilter... because you know, that's how life works right? [ Oh wait... ]
Having kind of forgotten that I had an additional weekend of "vacation time" after New Year's Eve, I took full advantage of being able to sleep in. Or perhaps I'm just still living in the wrong time zone... You know, that sluggish "I don't want to get out of my jammies but coffee sounds delicious right now" kind of mood. Not the worst, but certainly not the most productive.
In contrast, this week I am taking on the daunting task of completely reorganizing our bedroom ( and well, entire apartment ) and am definitely needing to snap back into action. Yesterday, we removed our sad and thirsty Christmas Trees so that I can begin to find a place for all our Christmas gifts... [ First World Problems at it's finest: "God, cleaning up all my christmas presents is just like the WORST. 💁😑]
Truly, it's moments like these that seem to easily overwhelm me; a small mind battle of what is important vs. what is urgent. Applying for castings, cleaning the apartment, getting back on track with physical therapy, the list goes on and on... and while we all know that cleaning is not always the most important or urgent task in the world, I feel as though if I don't do it now, I never will.
The phrase "Everything or Nothing" keeps coming into my head (and I don't mean that in a perfectionist kind of way). The fact that life seems to work in waves of: Everything, or nothing.
I think the more that we can start to recognize this, the more we can use it to our advantage. I mean, how many times has there been a crazy cooking disaster the night of a big family dinner? Does that ever happen when you're making the same dish for yourself? Heck no! For some reason these crazy catastrophes happen all at once. But don't worry, it's not all bad. In fact, in these moments you can witness the most honest form of camaraderie and teamwork because when everything goes wrong, everyone has to work together. But what's really important here is that the same is also true for when things go well. For example, almost every time I get cast in something I always get two or three other offers that I have to chose between. [ always a lovely "problem" to have... ] This winter, I legit had to turn down three different projects because I was going to be out of town for the Holidays... Why is it that everything seems to happen all at once like this? Oh, because thats just how it works, my friend.
This is to say that, things don't just happen. Big rewards do not just come out of nowhere. The end results are always made up of hundreds of small (and perhaps meaningless at the time) steps to success. And most importantly, good things can happen even when it feels like everything is going wrong.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that it can be really tempting to think of the giant pimple on your nose the day of your biggest audition as a sign of everything going wrong... and while it is indeed unfortunate, I challenge you to not think of it as everything going wrong, but to recognize that you're in this state of everything happening at once. And in this this state where everything is happening, I challenge you to just keep adding to it. Add on patience, perseverance, a smile, coffee even when you're running late, a call that you realized you forgot to make. Just do it all. Because quite honestly, if you're not doing everything, you're probably doing nothing (or something like that).
* and on that note, it's time to start cleaning. 😉*
Till next time,
Keep Looking Up.
<3 - Eoin Thomas