By Doc Klein, I Start Wondering Columnist
(Editor’s Note: We are the stars of our own movie. And with a new year beginning, Doc Klein suggests that it’s time to think about how you want the next act of your own movie to play out. Making your movie more interesting to yourself probably will mean trying new things and adopting new habits. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check out Doc’s new book, 12 Life-Giving Habits: How to Experience an Amazing Year After Outward Bound, which is currently free for downloading.)
THE LAST CURTAIN CALL
Do not doubt for a moment
That your life is not movie-worthy.
The truth is that we all get to star in our own movie.
To make it a real blockbuster however,
You will need work on some life-giving habits .
One of those habits is to seek adventure everyday
and interrupt routines.
If we just slide through each day, hoping to survive,
that movie will not be very compelling for long.
An interesting movie happens
When the protagonist find themselves
In unfamiliar surroundings
And are forced to draw from a deep well to meet the challenges.
There might be suffering along the way and discomfort
There might be failure and rejection
There might be disappointment and sadness
But they will be living a life that also has potential
For great learning, great opportunity, and great joy.
Sometimes routine is helpful,
But not if it diminishes the spirit.
To live an interesting life full of swashbuckling tales
One must shake uncertainty by the hand
And then leap into the unknown
As if their very lives depended upon it.
And in truth, knowing that death is all, but certain
Your very life does depend on it before the last curtain call comes
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