I happened across this Chinet commercial on HGTV (of course!), and thought it was inspired. As a society, we’re connected electronically to people all around the world and completely disconnected to the people who are physically around us. This commercial takes that idea and runs with it. Enjoy!
I have this fabulous friend who is literally selling all of her belongings and hitting the road. When I last spoke with her, she had a general end destination, but the journey was far more important– as it usually is.
I have to say that I’ve had more than one pang of envy since speaking with her. This is not to say that I don’t love aspects of my life here. For instance, there is a boy I’m quite fond of, and I have some fairly outstanding friends. However, there is still a longing to get in the car and go.
Perhaps this is no more than my annual wanderlust. As you’ll recall, last July I ended up in the Monterey area because I pointed the car north and kept going. Or perhaps this is a reaction to the complications of life: long-term experimental unemployment leading to a, hopefully, short-term lack of money, pitching, production, writing, re-writing and the occasional elevator outage. Whatever the cause, there’s a part of me that idealizes hitting the road and seeing where life, and the jeep, would take me.
Would I write the next great American novel or travel guide along the way? Maybe. Or maybe I would just enjoy the ride.
Have you ever just hit the road without a specific goal in mind?
You know how sometimes you plan to go on a picnic on a set of a western town, but land in the middle of a banjo and fiddle contest? Well, that’s what happened to me on Sunday.
We innocently went up to Paramount Ranch to take in the sites and have a little picnic and found our selves in the midst of the 53rd Annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Since we didn’t plan the day, we ended up getting there for the last half hour of the live music. I have to say that we had just as much fun at the pop-up jam sessions as we did at the organized events. I can’t say that it is anything I would have planned on doing, but it ended up being an incredibly fun afternoon.
It was another one of those evenings where Pen and I began by lamenting that nothing in life is ever easy. Most of the time, I’m okay with that. I’m not thrilled with it, but I can accept it and struggle through the challenges. Sometimes it even becomes motivating, and I devise a new strategic plan to cut through it all. But every once in a while, the urge to stomp my feet and yell overtakes me. Apparently, it overtakes Pen, too. We agreed that we didn’t need everything to be easy for us (though that would be a nice change), but we’d like one thing– one really major thing– to give us a break.
Career-wise, I knew that my transition wouldn’t be easy. There are simply too many talented people fighting to get their work noticed. Financing a project is extremely difficult without a champion (unless, of course, you’ve been lucky enough to achieve fame prior to trying to get something made– and even then it can be tricky). And every blogger knows that even if you have a known outlet behind you, it’s unlikely that you’re making a living wage anymore.
I often joke about winning the lottery, but it’s a bit dismaying to see that the likelihood of making a real living anytime soon has similar odds stacked against it. And the crazy thing is: it’s not just me, and it’s not just Pen. It’s everyone around us. We all just need one thing to be easy. If it can’t necessarily be rising to the top of our respective professions overnight, we’ll deal with that. But it’s time for something to give in our favor.
What would it be for you? If you could choose one thing to start going really right in your life (excluding winning the lottery), what would it be?
P.S. Soon after this was written, I ruined a silk blouse with a perfume stain, and Pen got a parking ticket. Maybe it was just one of those days.