Absence and Practicality
Hello all, or one, or whoever might happen to read this.
First of all, my apologies for my lack of updates recently. I suppose it is not very “professional” to leave one’s blog un-updated for so long. And I enjoy writing. It gives me a release valve for all the built-up pressure of words and thoughts and ideas that accumulate in my brain over the course of the day (or in this case, weeks). But as with so many things I enjoy, it still requires practice. And practice requires a certain amount of discipline.
I would consider myself a person of grand ideas but with sometimes unrealistic expectations or patience for such ideas. Ultimately, I have a persevering personality, so good and even great things do get done. But they do not always happen when I want them to, nor do they always attain the level of achievement I desire. For the past few weeks, I have had auditions, callbacks, classwork, and other personal goings-on that have distracted me from this blog. But fortunately they have also distracted me from myself. Instead of constantly raking my mind for new grand schemes that are inevitably overambitious, I have become preoccupied with the demands of the current moment because the current moment has required it. In others words, I’ve finally had a dose of practicality. Thank God.
That really is what the last couple of weeks have taught me – simple practicality. As one of my acting professors told me on Friday during a class improv, “Just work on the simple stuff. You can break the rules once you’ve learned the simple stuff.” So if I’m worried that I’m not extending myself enough, (knowing me) I’m probably overextending. Less is more. Quality, not quantity. Find something to do, and do it well. Practicality. This is a good thing for me to learn.