Living and Learning

I’m finding out more and more about myself, all because I’ve backed myself into a corner. Not intentionally of course, but when you’re trying so hard to put yourself in a better position and create something that people will appreciate, you will pretty much do anything to make it happen. I’m not writing to expand upon my current predicament, but I wanted to share with all of you my experience with not being able to do what I would like, or even being able to have some of the essentials, but still feel a sense of relief about myself, knowing that everything will work out, and specifically, what I discovered I can gain from having little to work with.

Straying from the Comfort Zone
A few weeks ago, I received a text message from someone I met while testing out my new camera. He asked me if I could help out with filming a concert party some friends of his were throwing in a loft near campus. At first, I was apprehensive about this, because I am one of those introverts that stays as far away as possible from parties, and to this day, I’m not exactly sure what made me say yes to this request. But to sum up the story, I went to the party, learned that there would only be 2 cameras filming the event instead of 4, putting myself in a position where I had to think on my feet to both setup and operate both cameras mostly by myself and catch as much of the party as possible. Overall, I enjoyed myself a lot more than I thought I would, saw some great performances, and made some new friends in the process. I actually managed to hang out with the same people for the first time since the party. We went to the library on campus and went over all the footage to put in a promotion video. I learned I still have a way to go with capturing footage, but practice makes perfect.

Creative Stimulation
As I am writing this, I have on my headphones, watching a TED Talk from Ken Robinson on how schools are killing creativity, because there is a need for consistent brain stimulation within me, and I have been so concerned with being in a rut, that I have not thought to take this as time to myself to build upon my thoughts and ideas. Setting aside a day to watch TEDTalks has been so beneficial and invigorating that I’ve made the decision to incorporate this into my weekly schedule. From hearing these different perspectives on different topics, I feel better, because I know that I’m not crazy, I feel refreshed, because I’m continuously keep learning, and I feel motivated, because I know that everything I want to achieve is well within my reach. But I cannot give TED all of the credit, I also have to give some credit to 99u for giving me an advance copy of their fascinating new book, Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact, and The Verge for their insightful articles on……………………………….everything!

Big, first-hand lesson learned, It’s not what you have, but what you make with what you have. I don’t have time to wallow in the misery of my problems. I have a purpose that needs to be fulfilled, ideas that need to be expanded upon, and skills that need to be developed. So no, I can’t go out and watch Interstellar or Big Hero 6 (as much as I’d REALLY like to), but I’m fine with that. My situation would not have been my ideal choice of how to learn this lesson, but life will throw you an unexpected curve that you have to adapt to. This was something that I needed to get off my chest, and I’m glad I did.


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