The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley. – Robert Burns, from “To a Mouse” (1785)
What? Yeah, I mean, I know Burns was writing in English, and writing about plans going astray, but who can be sure? Seems as he was talking about my plans for the day, which involved hunkering down in a coffee shop and finishing the revised draft of a play that I’m working on (aka #SekretProjekt, if you’ve been following my Twitter references.) To make a long story short, it didn’t happen.
After seeing all the “so long 2013”, year-in-review, tweets dive-bombing my feed, I decided to take a shot at summing up my year, and goals for next. But since I’m way too long-winded for 140 characters, and I haven’t posted anything to this blog in a while, well, here I am. And the whole ‘best laid plans’ thing is as good a metaphor as any for my 2013 experience.
The first half of the year had enough suckage in it to qualify as two years of my life that I’ll never get back.
In the final act of a long, drawn out, opera that ended in my position at Lucasfilm being eliminated due to a Disney-mandated downsizing, I was also presented with some other issues of a soul-twisting nature. If you know me well, you likely know the specifics, and if you don’t I really don’t want to re-hash it all here. Things happened. Decisions had to be made of an irrevocably life-changing nature, and there were consequences from those decisions needed to be dealt with. You know, life shit at its most soul-wrenching.
Some doors closed, some permanently, while others opened. And, as a friend of mine who also recently lost his long-time day job noted, it’s how we learn, it’s how we grow, and how we figure out whatever we were put here in this existence to figure out. I’ll take that one step further, and say that I really believe that there are no coincidences, and nothing happens to us by chance… Well, not the big-ticket stuff, anyway.
Then July came around, and things started getting better. Much better. After spending the month getting back on my feet, doing some traveling to Southern California, attending some very awesome events like LoJ and Comic-Con, and generally getting my act back-together and taking stock, I moved to Los Angeles. All of this between July 1 and the end of August. (Yeah, I need to take a nap every time I think about it…)
Bottom-line? Best decision I’ve made all year… Probably in the last five.
I’m back in the heart of the Hollywood creative community, living in NoHo Arts District, which if you’re going to live in the Valley is THE coolest place to live, and surrounded by an amazing, wonderful, circle of friends, old and new, that is, by far, the best part of my life. Period. I’m a very lucky dude.
So while the employment thing is still up in the air (and even as projects start to materialize), the whole quality of life thing is happening, and it is good.
The first half of 2013 shouldn’t let the door hit it in the ass on the way out, but the year, overall, has turned out beautifully, and I’m really looking forward to the challenges and opportunities to come in 2014. More on that later, in the meantime:
Happy New Year, everyone!
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