“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
I’m spending my Easter Sunday under the weather, so I will be making this list uncharacteristically short and abbreviated, but I’ve been thinking a lot this week about creativity.
TEN THINGS OF THANKFUL
Our creation “Don’t Look Back” is all done. My brother has a friend who is a brilliant drummer and he agreed to play on it.
He wanted to be a part of this project so much he even took the morning off work to record his drum part for the song.
It definitely has a different sound to it with drums added. It fills it out and it is so beautiful.
Once my brother presents it in class I hope to be able to share all the hard work we all put into it. After all, what else is making music for but to share it with people?
For now and then.
I spent time this week hanging out with my youngest nephew, sitting in his favourite spot on the couch, while we watched a movie.
As we sat there, I couldn’t help thinking back to the first time the two of us sat in that corner of that particular couch. I held him in my arms when he was only days old, while he slept, nearly three years ago.
For family fish and chip dinners.
A lot of fun is had when you get a family, people all the way from two to sixty, around a dinner table.
We all crowded into one van, on a rainy Wednesday, and off we went.
With all the crap going on around the world, sometimes it’s nice to just laugh a lot. My brother, father, and myself did just that, for a few hours the other night. It felt good.
We watched the Jerry Seinfeld series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and if you have not seen it yet, you really should check it out.
It’s available online, on YouTube and on a free streaming website:
Basically, Seinfeld goes out and rents a car, fitting to the comedian he is about to have coffee with. He then spends the first few minutes explaining what kind of car it is and why he chose it. Then he picks up his coffee companion and they go for a ride in the car to the coffee shop, discussing everything from show business and comedy, to family and hobbies, and cars of course.
We watched episodes with people like Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Will Ferrell, President Obama (one of the best episodes in my opinion, but they couldn’t acquire the proper security clearance to leave White House grounds), a few of Seinfeld’s former co-stars, and Howard Stern.
For literacy, education, and the grandpa there to pick up his granddaughter from school.
When I read about all the young girls around the world not allowed to receive a proper education and so many people who’ve never been given the chance for literacy I am particularly thrilled to know my niece is getting the opposite of all of that.
She’s learning to read and she has a good school to go to every day, with teachers who happily teach her, help her develop her own gifts and creativity.
And she has a grandpa who can pick her up after the day has finished.
Okay, so I wasn’t really prepared to consider this one as a positive at the time.
I love to go for a nice long drive, but if rain is falling hard on the windshield I can’t quite relax in the same way.
This was our drive home the other night, in semi heavy traffic, but on reflection I realize I was lucky to make it home safe and even hard pouring drops of rain are something of beauty.
For another Friday up on Good Men Project.
For the second Friday in a row I had my writing featured on the site:.
Where Are We Since International Women’s Day Last Year?
Sure, being that the subject again involved the issues surrounding feminism, I received a few more somewhat angry comments from those who took my writing to mean I don’t think men around the world suffer at the hands of oppression and discrimination, or that I don’t believe men and boys deserve the same attention as women and girls and the issues we face.
I should expect a little backlash when writing about something that seems to divide many of us. I am still thankful I got my message out there and I know in my heart that I believe in fair treatment of both genders. You can’t possibly make everybody happy, all of the time anyway.
For date night.
I am thankful one couple in particular could have one night away, in a beautiful spot, as they truly deserve that.
I am happy that others can enjoy Niagara Falls like I do and they deserved some time to themselves now and then.
For inside jokes, group texts with brothers.
It’s nice to have a Friday evening group text with myself and my brothers, about a cherished eighties band (Duran Duran) and that we can share an inside joke that most people would be utterly confused about if they heard it.
Feeling unwell of late has given me a lot of time to watch some films I’ve never gotten around to watching before.
This included one, based on a play, I’ve always wanted to see. I was aware of the main character, but I was unclear on just exactly what the storyline was for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.
Well, I like returning to those films that are mostly all dialogue. Of course, I was watching one with descriptive narration, but it would have been unnecessary really.
Well, I enjoy old movies, with dialogue so different from the films of today, and so many issues of the day, late 50s were interesting to me.
I also learned a new word. I’d heard of “menacing” but “mendacity” was a new one, repeated multiple times throughout. It means deception. I love learning new words.
It’s funny I started off the week watching “Ray”, one Jamie Foxx film and I ended it watching “Django Unchained”, which I’d heard was harsh and raw but to be expected when having to do with slavery, but Fox was so good, not to mention all the other actors.
It did really show how cruel we humans have been to one another. I’m sure this could lead directly into the themes of redemption surrounding Easter, but unfortunately I am far too tired now to explore those any further this year.
Check this out. Creativity and just lovely.
And Happy Easter everyone.
I’m starting to feel warm again so I think it’s off to bed with me. Have a good week.