Bookworm

Dreams, boredom and money

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”― Louis C.K. 

 I know he has been shunned by the world but this is still one of my favorite scenes from his show and a great and accurate quote.  His children are whining about being bored and this is his comment to them.

Monday night was our author visit.  Jeff Zentner was an engaging and inspirational speaker.  He mentioned 3 things that I want to visit in this week’s bookworm.  So, thank you, Jeff, your words made today much easier for me.

The theme of Jeff’s speech is, “Sometimes Your Dreams Will Die.”  You know how the character in Jerry Maguire says, “You had me at hello.”  Well, this is how I felt when I read Zentner’s speech title.  I love dark humor; I am totally the laugh instead of cry girl.  This is the first thing he mentioned that inspired me.  Doesn’t make much sense at first, but if you would have heard his spin on it you would understand.  Yep, following dreams can be hard and sometimes they die but, just like Zentner you have control over this.

Boredom was mentioned and not like you would think.  To create his characters, he mentioned getting to know them in his head.  To do this he needed to find quiet time.  “Boredom leads to creativity.”  What a beautiful thing, but even he recognized that we are living in a society that does not encourage boredom.  We are constantly being stimulated, our phones are a link to endless entertainment.  This was the second comment that resonated with me.

Number 3, money.  This was not part of the speech, but was brought up during the Q&A session.  Zentner has 4 jobs.  Enough said.  To be a writer, you must love it, it is not often the road to riches.

Dreams, boredom and money.  My Monday night inspiration.  Their interaction with each other create the best advice for those looking toward their future.  Hopefully that is all of you, not just the young’uns.

Dreams are your soul’s voice.  They are the heart of who you are and letting them die is detrimental to your well-being.  Zentner had 2 dreams, he followed both of them.  His first dream did not necessarily die, it didn’t go where he had hoped and that is to our benefit, because it brought him back to his other dream.  He was a musician first (dream 1), then a lawyer, then a writer (dream 2) and then a speaker; his 4 jobs.

Sometimes we find that chasing our dream is harder than we had imagined.  Maybe we are not prepared for the work involved.  When I was selling my artwork I was thrilled, at first.  Then it became a job, I could not find enough boredom to equal the creativity needed.  My supply was dry and I had to stop.  Money was not what you would imagine.  It was not the driving force behind my dream; good thing, because I would have starved.  The process of painting and sharing my work were the rewarding parts of the dream.

Back to the quote from Louis.  Your mind is endless.  You are alive and that is amazing.  You live in a great, big, vast world.

Listen to your soul’s voice.  Understand that following your dreams is not about money; your soul isn’t fed with money.  Let yourself experience boredom and for sure make sure your children do.  I am so thankful that I was an only child with only 3 TV channels, it made me the crazy wacko I am today.  Thank you, Jeff, for reminding me about dreams.  Thank you for encouraging me to find that quiet time and to be bored so that I can hear my soul’s voice.  I hope, that you too, will find time to pause in your day, no matter your age, listen to your soul and don’t let your dreams die.