So recently, I’ve had a couple of posts that talked about how life steers us in directions we don’t want to go. My overall suggestion was to find a way to enjoy the ride.
I don’t feel like I did the topic justice.
I’m not trying to say that you should be purely passive. A boat that allows itself to be carried by the waves and wind alone ends up capsized or shipwrecked.
To use the improv vernacular, don’t just yes. Instead, yes and.
This is much harder to do in life than in improv, of course. There are things that we really, really don’t want to say yes to. We really do have emotions that get in our way at times, and at times those emotions are completely legitimate — things we should feel — but they can still block us from moving forward in our lives.
For example, when work is an awful experience, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of it; after all, it takes up a quarter of your time, and that’s assuming you work 40 hours a week and it doesn’t take into account commuting, and it makes no accomodation for the amount of your time that’s spent sleeping. Work is a huge portion of your week. And when it sucks, it’s hard to let go of that.
But you have to accept it. Say yes.
Then find your and.
For me, today, it was:
…and I get to go home to see my family.
(Andtake pictures like this.)