It was something I’d always wanted to try. You put something off, life takes over, the checklists run wild and, before you can catch your breath, you lose track of the things you were going to do someday. For the last few years I’ve been determined not to lose sight of these pursuits. While I often wonder if I’m stretching myself too thin, I ultimately know that the alternative, playing it safe, is eternally more painful and stress-inducing.
Flash forward and I recently completed my second acting course at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve enjoyed every second of my class time; feeling the rush of performing (or trying to) in front of an audience. There’s something cathartic and freeing about throwing caution to the wind and not being concerned with making a fool of myself. With that said, the environment has been fun and supportive to no end. Learning bits and pieces of the craft of acting has provided glimpses at our shared humanity in times of good and bad in addition to an overall greater appreciation for the arts and the dedicated people who make a career pursuing something innovative, authentic and pure.
Having seen “La La Land” the night before the Oscar’s I was intrigued to learn more about this unconventional film among the seemingly endless parade of remakes and sequels that populate the cinema. In an article titled, “Why La La Land Worked Better Than Anyone Dreamed” one line jumped off the screen.
“The only risk you can take these days is not taking a risk.”
I’ve always thought that the vast majority of us live in relative comfort and, therefore, our tolerance for risk, discomfort and uncertainty can be somewhat skewed. It takes a conscious effort to seek out risk when routine becomes the norm. I’m grateful I’ve found acting as a way to explore new skills, meet artistic and creative people, gain a greater appreciation for the arts and take a risk!
It was only 10-11 months ago. Many hockey people were saying the Penguins’ captain looked tired and ordinary as his team hovered around the edges of playoff contention. He was a passenger on a mediocre team. After a coaching change, some tweaks in the team’s systems and a dominant run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, #87 looks poised to regain the title of the game’s best player. While any player with a history of concussions is one body check away from early retirement, Crosby has had an unbelievable last few months after winning the Conn Smythe trophy in June and just last night being named the MVP of the World Cup.
A recent interview came with an insightful look at Crosby’s highs and lows along with a simple yet brilliant point about athletics and performance.
“When he’s at his best, he’s always smiling on the ice.” There’s no doubt he’s a tireless worker who possesses an elite skill set along with the intangibles of a champion. But is having fun the wild card in his DNA as a player?
We don’t typically associate professional sports with fun and smiling. After all, pro athletes are highly-paid men and women who tirelessly devote their lives to mastering skills in the pursuit of championships and glory.
In simplest terms, high-level athletics is like anything on the base level. When we are having fun, the magic happens……the flow…..where time stands stills and training or playing becomes automatic.
He’s only 29. It will be fun to see what’s next for #87!
A common assumption is that living a plant-powered lifestyle is cumbersome and includes exotic ingredients that are difficult to find. While there are ample ways to prepare complex vegan eats, this is one family feast that is simple to prepare, tasty and will provide lunch for dinner for days.
Prep time is about 20 minutes.
1 chopped onion, 5 chopped peppers, chopped mushrooms – sauteed with garlic and a little olive oil.
Mixed with cooked pasta and red sauce.
For an extra kick I also mix in some homemade cash-fredo sauce. I never follow a recipe for this sauce that also works as a salad dressing. All it takes is a few handfuls of cashews, lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, some almond milk and blend away!