By day I’m an Editor and Producer for a video production company, producing documentary, corporate and promotional films. It was during filming on location a couple of years ago that I had the sudden realisation that changed my entire outlook and attitude to life.
It was in the fleeting few seconds after the cameraman had confirmed he was ‘rolling’ . . . the presenter waited expectantly . . . a silence fell across the set . . . and we waited for the director to utter the word that would begin the scene.
It was in that moment that I realised that up until that time, in some strange way, I had been waiting for an imaginary director to call ‘Action!’ on a production that was unimaginatively titled ‘My Life’. You know – my ‘real’ life. The one where I challenge myself, get fit, try new hobbies, write that novel – all those things that I’d stuffed in to the file marked ‘when I’m older/have more time’. If you haven’t worked it out for yourself, I’ll let you in to a little secret. That file you’ve been saving for the future is labelled incorrectly – it should read ‘REGRETS’. And as someone far more eloquent than I said, ‘I would sooner regret the things I did do, rather than the things I didn’t.’
I see now that I was subconsciously waiting for a different part of my life to start, twiddling my thumbs expecting someone or something to tell me when it was time to begin. I don’t think I’m the only person labouring under this misapprehension. It seems that most people are waiting for that new scene to commence, the one where you are the star and everything comes good in the end.
You are wasting time.
Here’s another cliche for you – ‘There is no dress rehearsal for life’. You’re living it. Right now. That marathon you always talked about doing? Go run it. You wanted to learn to play the trombone? Go play it. You wanted to cover yourself in feathers and spend a day being a chicken? Well . . . that’s slightly weird, but whatever floats your boat, sailor.
For me, it was losing weight, getting fit, running a half marathon, writing fiction and anything else that I can think of day by day and minute by minute – because that is exactly how you should be approaching life.
Be. In. The. Moment.
Still waiting for someone to call ‘Action!’ on your life? Well, here it comes . . .
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Follow the blog during the challenge for more writing tips, inspirational life posts, short fiction, film-inspired articles and even some songs with audio recordings. In the meantime, I would love to hear how you have called ‘Action!’ on your life, your writing and anything else you would like to share, so feel free to comment below.