Well, see this kid? That's me on my 8th birthday in April of 1972. I was blowing out candles and making a wish. And whatever that wish was - whether it was for the invention of a television-telephone or my future Hollywood stardom - I know I was not wishing for mediocrity.
Unfortunately, I feel like that's just what I spent my last month doing: Using my time and energy toward a mediocre endeavor... and without even realizing it.
Anyway, I remembered the time a friend lamented about her ability to choose good, undrunk men, and how I advised to her to try the "George Costanza" method of choice-making. Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where George has amazing luck doing the opposite of what he would normally do? Well, that's the George Costanza method of which I speak. And that's exactly what worked for my friend. She did the opposite of what she normally did and found a nice, undrunk type of guy. Though, in reality, she had too many years of "issues" to practice the Costanza method for long - so she eventually let the guy go. But that's not my point. Here's my point.
My Mission Statement:
For now on, I will put myself into situations I would not normally put myself into and then write about them. All that can happen is 1) I will have a unique and surprising learning experience. Or 2) I'll have great material to write about. And then I'll submit these stories to an appropriate publication or maybe I'll just post them on my blog.
My first self-given assignment starts on Wednesday. I'm auditioning for a network game show. I figure that might make for an interesting story, and - who knows? - maybe I'll even win some money so I can remodel my kitchen. And on a scale of one to ten - ten being the scariest - auditioning for a game show registers only about a 4 in the discomfort factor. So maybe one day I'll learn to fly an airplane (like my grandpa) or - you never know - jump out of one.
Next I'm trying out for the roller derby. Hey, I already bought my mouth guard and hot pink tights.
(For anyone who read my original rant - I removed it for two reasons 1) It sounded whiney and 2) the experience of which I ranted will have to just go onto my long list of mistakes I've made which I will have to learn from.) It's time to move on.