I'm sitting in Panera Bread as we speak working on my class lesson for this upcoming Saturday when I meet the 23 students I will be teaching at a local school here in Detroit.
I feel so blessed to be able to share my love for the arts and theater with young people. And, I am completely aware of the opportunity that I have to leave some sort of impression in their lives. I hope that they leave my class at the end of the year knowing that their creativity, talents and imaginations can and will take them as far as they want to go. I hope they feel powerful and confident. And, of course, I hope they grow to appreciate and love the arts.
I've done a lot of things in my life from stand-up comedy to freelance journalism, which if you read this blog you already know. My life is constantly changing as the universe opens up doors that I never even thought of walking through. None of my years on this earth look like another, and I know it's because my purpose is more than what can be manifested behind a desk. I'm not sure exactly where I will end up. But, I am so happy and excited for the chance to explore.
There are a lot of people who never get the blessing to really find themselves and search for what really makes them happy in their personal or professional lives. I have that opportunity and I know that it is rare, and I thank Jah.
I am also happy that I have never been one to stay cooped up behind a desk year after year. Frankly, I would die from boredom. And, even the corporate jobs I've had have been filled with variety from being a secretary to a blind professional to reporting the deaths and dismemberments of auto retirees--morbid, I know.
The point of this post is that variety is the spice of life. And, even when my life isn't perfect, it's never bland.
This is going to be one spicy fall/winter season as I begin my teaching duties, my charity has its inaugural event (I'll be blogging about that shortly), I begin rehearsals for a new musical (at Andiamo Novi, Mich.) and audition for another--not to mention, I am studying for the GMAT with hopes to begin grad school in January. All of this while still working my 9 to 5, yep, the one behind the desk. :-)
I encourage anybody who reads this post to do something that you have never done before and live life outside of whatever your comfort zone might be. Ask that cute guy out for coffee (screw your rule about him asking you out), buy a red dress if you've only ever worn black before, and take that ballet class even though you're 40 and might not be cast in American Ballet Theatre's "Swan Lake." Who cares? No matter how old you are, your gender, where you come from or any other boxes people may try to put you in, you can do whatever the heck you want to do!
Go out there and spice it up!