I know I haven’t made a personal post in a while. Just thought I’d let whoever cares know that all is well. Been busy with extended family stuff.
Yesterday was neat… Whenever we have these extended family things, my great uncle John, my grandma’s twin brother, mentions that he wants to see me do my magic tricks. (I got hooked on magic after watching David Blaine’s first special, I recorded it on VHS… And spent hours figuring out slieghts pre internet access lol)
Anyway… About 8 years ago, I showed them all some stuff, and haven’t really practiced since then. And he brings it up every time he sees me. I usually decline, I haven’t learned anything new, and am incredibly rusty. Plus I feel weird doing silly little tricks for people I’ve looked up to all my life. My family is very hard working, a lot are farmers who have never really had time to pursue silly hobbies like magic or comedy or writing or any of the things that I do. So I feel like a bit of a fool with my silly little things.
But uncle John still keeps asking. Recently, his health has been slipping. He’s had a stroke or two, and his memory is going. And still he remembers my silly tricks. It’s incredibly touching.
Well yesterday I really thought about it, and picked up a deck, and did the 3 card tricks I can still remember. For the whole extended family. They went ok, not great. But it was really nice to see them all smile and laugh. Made me feel pretty great.
That story isn’t really why I started this post. But it’s what happened. I often don’t know what I’m about to write when I start. I think what my subconscious, or whatever I’m tuning into that’s making me write words right know wants to say is this…
Pursue the little things that make you happy. The little art forms. Like writing, drawing, magic, singing, dancing, wood carving, whatever. Pursue them, but don’t keep your little talents to yourself. Share that shit. Sure, you might think you suck. But you just the act of sharing a little piece of yourself is enough to brighten each other’s day. And it is this interconnectivity that we crave from each other. The sharing of little bits and pieces that can make a connection with someone that they’ll remember and think about when they think of you. Not the thing itself, but the feelings exchanged when you shared it with them.
So perform your silly trick for a friend, write someone a poem. Sing a song. Dance. Go make a connection.