October 19, 2014

Now Is As Good A Time As Any

Coming to terms with never being fully ready.

This has been something on my mind over the past few weeks and has only become increasingly clear as deadlines are mounting. That is, we are never truly ready.

The context of group work is something not entirely foreign to me. Perhaps an absence from schoolwork for some time now has gotten the better of me but I've been reminded about all the perils of working in teams over the course of the past month. This is even more so because of the kinds of creative work involved in some projects.

There's always going to be too many cooks in the kitchen. The trouble then is to find solutions and not mere suggestions. At some point it becomes less of an exercise in being polite in order not to offend and more about just getting the job done when the deadline is looming overhead. So much back and forth can be done with endless time on our hands but that isn't the reality at hand.

With that I've found myself biting my lip on more than one occasion when things just don't go according to plan. I've learned well enough that this is to be expected and these are the moments where the true test of our character comes to the fore. I'd rather step forward and do something rather than wait for things to happen - this I find to be true.

Thankfully I've long moved past the idea of life being likened to a popularity contest and am comfortable with the fact that not everyone is like you and certainly not everyone is going to like you. Feathers are bound to get ruffled but that's just the natural way things work when people are grouped together.

As with any piece of work, there'll never be a point where you feel that it is fully ready. There will always be one more thing that could be done. The trick is to know when to put your foot down and tell yourself that no matter the existing circumstances, you are ready.
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.”  - Amy Poehler

October 11, 2014

Smells Like Team Spirit

A little group effort goes a long way.

It takes a while getting used to working in teams again. Especially where creative work is concerned. I'm relearning that it takes a lot of confidence to defend your artistic vision, but that should not come at the expense of oversight. At the end of the day everyone is working towards a common goal and that should be all that matters. All the minute matters pale in comparison to the big picture. Step back a little and it all makes sense.

September 29, 2014

Monkey Business In The Cinema Is No Joke

Turn down for what.

I've had a number of occasions where people commit big no-nos in the cinema while I'm watching a movie. Bringing a baby into an R-rated film, talking loudly on the phone, kicking the chair of the person in front of you. You name it I've experienced it.

In most screenings I've been to only one or two such offences would come to light. I never expected my viewing of The Equalizer to have every known possible offence be committed.

It was a nightmare.

The guy to the right at the end of my row picked up a phone call in the middle of a scene and only hung up after I shushed him twice. I was infuriated and frustrated that I lost track of Denzel's incredible action sequence.

Then the guy behind with restless foot syndrome repeatedly pushed my seat at regular intervals.

At one point someone from behind spoke aloud that "This guy is going to die next". The ones who give live commentary have a special place reserved for them in cinema hell.

Then another person behind sucked on his squeeze bottle producing the most grating noise known to man.

And the man right next to me on my left jabbed me with his elbows as he tried to take out his phone to check his notifications with his lit screen exploding against his face.

It was a terrifying experience.

And this begs the question the type of cinema goer that patrons the theatre on a Monday afternoon. I'll probably never know.

September 27, 2014

Flashback To September

This month could not have gone by any faster.

When Life Breaks Your Slippers, Go Barefoot

The sad part was that I already knew what was to come next.

My pair of Havaianas failed me on Thursday after class. In my absentmindedness, I had left my bottle behind and went back to get it. Reunited with my bottle, I made my way back when I stumbled on my right foot as something snapped.

The strap on my left slipper had broken.

I sat at a nearby bench to take it all in. The incredible, unfortunate situation of it all. I already knew that going barefoot was about the most logical next step though I went ahead contemplating hobbling back with broken slipper on.

So began the long journey past curious onlookers as I brisk-walked barefoot like a lost soul left behind from last year's Go Barefoot Day. Funny thing was it all passed by quickly and reminded me how people don't really care about what you do - let alone walking around barefoot like a mildly crazed freshman - and most of the time you just need to do your own thing.

September 07, 2014

Never Underestimate The Multiplier Effect

Two years on and it still remains the most powerful tool.

I would never have considered myself to be a teacher so what a surprise it was to me when someone thanked me for being one.

In many ways this was truly one of the sweetest things I ever received in return for the work I'd done.

It confirmed so many things I've learned in the process. To give without expecting anything in return. To be unabashedly honest in your dealings. To believe in the absolute best in people.

Again I'm given hints that perhaps this is a track I should seriously consider.

I hardly see the people living on my floor so I grabbed the chance to chat up with a friend I ran into one fine morning. He is a year away from becoming a full-fledged teacher and we found that we shared a common alma mater.

At the time it sounded odd when he recommended that I sign up early should I intend to pursue a similar track. Now I find that it just might be nudging me in a certain direction.

It's never wise to have all your plans in concrete. I've learned that all the right plans change.

However faint these hints might be, I'm pretty reassured that what I've done has been of great benefit to the people that were under my care. That my actions have resonated long after the time we've shared has passed means the world.

You don't know how much that message means to me.