Making a Comeback … On a Tuesday …

30 Nov

It never occurred to me that I could lose it … but I did and now I’m just coming around to finding it again.

Sort of …

I’m at square one.

It’s hard to be a storyteller and not quite be able to tell stories. But it happens and you get sad about that. You hang onto what you got and try to ride it out, which is where I found myself these last few weeks, clinging onto that surfboard during the big wave. And it was in the midst of that ride that I wiped out.

I lost it for a minute there … but I’m resurfacing, catching my breath. It’s hard taking a tumble. You feel beat up and worn down.

Takes a lot determination to try again, to see it through, to finish the goal, to be who you said you’d be, to accomplish what you said you would, takes a lot of something to be anything really.

Doctor. Architect. Lawyer. Teacher. Engineer. You follow the course and eventually with enough steps in the right direction. It happens. You reach the point where you are doing what you set out to do. You are it. The goal, reached.

Storytellers’ journeys are not that linear, or at least my sidewalk wasn’t, I was zigged and then zagged. It’s a roller coaster road. I’d been successful before, but with this new project everything was harder than I thought it would be. No connections, and low budget, means a lot of grit and hustle while I figure it out.  I failed to finish one of the biggest story-telling projects on my list, so I needed a minute there to regroup. I’d been working on it for a while when things fell apart. My subjects changed their mind and then I couldn’t find people who wanted to be part of the story.

So, I’m back to square one, looking for subjects and collaborators with the multitude of parenting and Wish Factor adventures that have followed me along the way. It was hard to regroup after this one. But I’m inching my way back. I took a step back from the project and found a different creative outlet … for just a minute.

And that helped.

I bought a camera.

I had no idea what ISO, aperture, or white balance was, I didn’t know about all the gadgets or tricks, but I learned quickly. Still learning. During this little creative growth adventure, I learned to rebound through an alternative way of telling stories. I admire a lot of picture-taking peeps and the way they communicate through what is captured, either black or white, or color. I like to see the story through the lens. It’s a different way of telling a story and I’ve enjoyed the learning process so far. It might help me with my original project. I learned to find what to center, what to keep in, what to leave out. I’m learning what perspectives looks best and what I want to feel when I see the picture, whether it’s the kids, a game, or the landscape. I want to feel the feeling. Just like with words. And I’m liking the new outlet.

These bits and pieces have been helpful. Building confidence and gaining voice back serves as a building block for a comeback, because after all … a setback is nothing but a comeback in disguise, and mannnnn was it hidden there for a minute. Incognito. But I’m working my way back.

I’ll be picking up that other project, looking for other subjects to interview and getting the story told.  Takes a minute to start the engines and build up steam. But once you start typing away on the keyboard hope finds a way of sitting next to you, ready to be your co-pilot again. I got to remember that.

So, thanks to my buddies for checking in on me.

Buen Camino ….

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5 Responses to “Making a Comeback … On a Tuesday …”

  1. Sorryless December 1, 2021 at 1:53 AM #

    The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step, but there are many steps backwards before you complete your journey. That’s not in the manual but it’s as much truth as the swing of Babe Ruth. Who, oh by the way . .struck out a bunch of times. It’s not something you will see in all those highlight reels, but it happened nonetheless.

    Yes, when we can’t tell a story . . it’s as if God put up construction signs on our creative autobahn. But you figure out a way back, and you reformulate and you get back. And you will.

    Sunshine and waves, Cali

  2. The Guat December 1, 2021 at 7:11 AM #

    With everything going on the personal side of things and then this added to the mix those backward steps, like any backward steps, sucked. But I like that Babe Ruth analogy. I had forgotten about that. Highlight reels do miss that, in addition to the InstaFacebok, which is why I totally don’t get on it anymore. Just can’t handle all the perfectness going on. But I enjoy watching sport highlight reels, they’re my favorite 🙂 I guess because I know what it takes to make it to the highlight reel 🙂 reformulating is a good thing … it’s still moving forward. Always got to remember I’m a work in progress… like Ruth. Thanks hermano. It’s always good to talk to you.

  3. Susie Lindau December 1, 2021 at 4:10 PM #

    Sounds like a major bummer, but like you said, storytellers’ careers are a moving target. For me, setting projects aside for a while gives them time to simmer. You never know what’s on the next horizon. Whatever it was sounds like it was out of your control. Hang in there girl. We are still in a strange place with COVID. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing your new work!

    • The Guat December 7, 2021 at 11:58 AM #

      It was a total bummer so I am doing just as you mentioned … taking a minute, setting it to the side a bit, getting into another creative outlet and see if it helps me figure out how to put it together again. Thanks for the support and kind words. It’s MUCH appreciated. I got to check out what you’ve been doing. It’s that time of year for your awesome Christmas card art I imagine 🙂

      • Susie Lindau December 7, 2021 at 2:29 PM #

        Ha! Right on, Guat. That’s exactly what I’m doing. 😎

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