2013-08-09 Stellar Summer
This is the first summer (and overall year) in at least 2-3 years where I feel like I've actually been living, experiencing, socializing, indulging, and adventuring to the fullest. When I look back on the last few annual stretches, surely I had some great moments gallivanting out and about, but the most prominent memories I have seem to revolve around work. Whether it be my day job back then, my evening job I have now, my 24-hr job (acting, never truly ends and I know my artistic friends feel me) or one of my many random side jobs - case in point, I was all too often indoors, anchored to the hull of the daily grind.
I changed my perspective in the Fall of last year in regards to how I wanted to move forward living my life. I was so over simply talking about doing things. Big things. I wanted to become an active initiator. Interestingly enough, since deciding to be even more of a doer, certain events have manifested themselves that fully align with my new wants and it's been pretty incredible. I haven't been on a plane in 5.5 years because I didn't want to travel and miss acting opportunities in Vancouver. I changed my views surrounding that theory and started planning trips this year - Vegas, New Zealand and Australia. Lo and behold, I ended up booking a role on Psych. These happenings once again reinforce the truth and beauty of one of my favourite quotes:
'Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would come his way.' - W.H. Murray
Aside from travelling more (which I wrote about in my previous blog entry), this past Fall I also started a journey of higher fitness and long-term mental and physical health. I started with a 1-month unlimited trial of Bikram hot yoga which led to me going all in and committing to a 1-year membership. This summer alone, I ran Tough Mudder in Whistler with a team of 9 people which took us across 18km in close to 4 hours, I completed a personal 30-day Bikram hot yoga challenge, hiked the Black Tusk Trail in Whistler which took my friend and I up to an elevation of 2,319m across 30km in 8 hours round trip, and despite having 3 months left in my yoga membership, I invested in a 1-year membership at GoodLife Fitness. I've always been active, but I'm loving this new heightened lifestyle of fitness so much that I'm seriously considering expanding my knowledge and getting certified as a personal trainer and/or group fitness instructor. Acting is always my number one, but what a complimentary pairing that would be to my role in the arts.
Never have I ever thought that this is where I'd find myself in my early 20's. Or really, ever. I am completely open to the possibilities that may evolve from this new chapter and I shall await with baited breath for the next great accomplishment and adventure!