It’s a question I have been asking myself for some time. The things that have been accomplished in my life, does it end? How will I know when I have achieved the finale of something? How will I know if I have achieved anything? I don’t know sometimes. There are some days when I feel like I haven’t done a thing in my decades wandering this planet. Other days I feel victorious! It's like I have taken some tangible steps toward “winning”. Recently I had this realization after the run of my first play that I had every hand in production . I took a breath and asked myself “What happened?” A young man came to me after the premiere and he said he felt inspired to pursue his personal creativity. I looked away because there was a real feeling of being emotional. At that moment I realized the real reason why it was important. Not because of me, but of what it could create later from somewhere else. That gave some temporary solace but the next step began to nag. I started to feel myself being drawn to the “comfort” realm. There was the activity around making spreadsheets and creating plans for some big empire. I was keeping busy. That is not the reason why all those people came to see the show. It was not the reason why we garnered so much support in such a short time.
The vision of creating something that is potentially compelling is the reason. Each person I have ever met has a creative trigger within them. Some use it all the time and some use it in desperation tactic or as a contingency. That tells us that sometimes being reflective is the first step to answer what happens next. I have taken account of the things I did wrong. More importantly thinking about what went well is critical. That has made the process of getting back to the next steps slow. Stop making spreadsheets and really thinking about the future is the first step. Some people make vision boards to help with seeing the future. I like to dramatize or actually visualizing the goal (Like a scene:)). That requires some thought but definitely helps to propel the focus in the right direction. Also giving enough time for it to be real is another consideration. My natural tendency is to be impatient, but this important. It may be life changing. The next step in this series will be “Options” I hope you can join me and share your thoughts on “What happens next”. Life is a blast!