Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Build mountains for yourself to climb

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. 

How did you overcome your poverty of aspiration?

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