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5.21.2013

Quote of the Week: Privilege


So, as you may have noticed, I've completely fallen off the earth. Mostly due to a boatload of traveling and work responsibilities along with other responsibilities. I've also prioritized things since I got back a little bit and put seeing my friends before writing a blogpost. I know. I feel horrible about it, but a completely online social life is something I can't sustain. I like seeing people in the flesh. I like big hugs, long coffee sessions, and catching up.

This brings me to this week's quote. I realized in the last week of seeing my closest friends that I'm blessed to be surrounded by people who are unapologetically themselves. For instance, I was lucky enough to emcee my best friend's web series premiere this weekend. It was a smash success! She really hit it out of the park. What she created was controversial and, despite a hater in the audience (whose knees I would have broken had I not been up in front with the mic), she persevered because she was doing what she does. Her artistic process is very much her own and she is herself always. Her father put it best. True art will be hated...but also loved.

Another dear friend is a musician. We discussed his fleeing from home, being disowned, losing friends, moving, and lifelong criticism...and still he produces music. Great music. It's because he's being himself. Coincidentally, also the friend who introduced me to Joseph Campbell.

Spending time with people like this...people who follow their dreams. It's inspiring, but also makes me realize that being yourself really is a privilege. It's also the only way to truly be happy. I'm convinced. The majority of people I see live out of fear. Fear of losing their job. Fear of having their significant other break up with them. Fear of screwing up their kids. Fear of not being able to afford a comfortable life...and these are all completely legitimate fears! Because if who you are is, for instance, a unicycle-riding bologna-crafter...well, unless your bologna is first-rate and your unicycle-riding is on Cirque du Soleil level, you're probably shit outta luck.

So, you end up doing something that may not be totally you...

I just hope I end up in a place where I feel that I'm being 100% me all the time. Some days I feel like I am. A lot of days I don't. So, I guess it's back to listening to my heart and seeing what it tells me.

In the meantime, to all the unicycle-riding bologna-makers out there:
If you can make it being yourself, hats off to you!

Are you living a privileged life? xo!

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