Yes, it’s everywhere right now. I know that. But with good reason. Watch it. Let it in. Don’t just glaze over. Watch and engage.
“There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
I’m writing to you tonight from Los Angeles, California, where I spent my day at my job that I am completely crazy about. I work in television. I am one of what? A million people in the world right now who make their living in the entertainment industry. I work in tv. I play make-believe for a living, basically. Then, tonight, I came home, made myself dinner, and am sitting at my kitchen table, staring at an orchid that Luke bought me over the weekend.
I lead an easy life. I’ve never had to worry about what food I was going to eat tomorrow. My fridge has always been full. I’ve never been homeless. I’ve never been afraid of being kidnapped. I’ve never worried about being hurt or raped or maimed or killed in my sleep. I’ve never worried about losing my family long before it’s their time to go. I am married to an amazing man who is passionate and beautiful and so loving. The best part of my day is coming home to him. I realize this is not everyone’s story. I know I live in this ethereal world that 99.99% of the world only dreams about.
For whatever reason, I am where I am today. I’ve been placed here for this moment, for this time and this season. I am not going to let that go to waste.
I am not going to let that come to naught.
I am not going to let my life count for nothing. I am not ever going to let the focus of my life, my job, my career, my writing be to line my own pockets and to make myself look awesome. I’m just me. I’m just a person. (And if you want to know all my faults, ask me. Ask Luke. Ask Laurie or Sarah or Cheryl or Cat or Jess or anyone who’s ever known me for more than about 5 minutes.) For the rest of my life, I’m going to write stories – some for television and film, stories that exemplify hope even in the most desperate circumstances. I know the love, the hope, the safety that you are so desperately seeking. Some of my stories will be for friends – for their birthdays or weddings or just because I want to make them smile. I will write stories and novels that bring light to these kind of stories all across the world. Somehow, I want to be a voice for the voiceless. I work on projects that get seen by millions of people. Millions. Imagine that. Imagine what might happen if I didn’t just make entertainment for entertainment’s sake. I write stories that remind people that they are not alone. This world is not all there is. There is always hope, always passion, always truth. There is always room for more. We were not put on this earth for no reason at all. And if I live my life like that, I will have lost so much. So very much.
I want to bring my stories before the influencers of the world so we can go take these stories like this to the masses… I have a responsibility to use what I’ve been given to the best of my abilities. There’s power there. (A riff on a Spiderman quote. How geek girl of me.)
Our world doesn’t have to stay the same. It doesn’t have to stay broken. God never intended for the world to be filled with child soldiers. This is not the way it was meant to be. it may never be perfect, but my questions can’t be – Who am I that I could make a difference? Are you kidding me?
For me, in my life, the real question becomes – Who am I not to? The stories we tell today could change the world tomorrow…
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