That’s it. Labor Day’s over. We’re “back to school.” It’s the new year. As in “new;” if we let it be. It wants to be—the year. It’s natural to progress, and the new year knows it in the same way that a chocolate bar knows it is supposed to be delicious. There are no unconscious elements nor is there purposeless activity. It’s all part and parcel of the one Intelligence manifesting itself as life. And it keeps coming up with new cool ideas. (So it shouldn’t get bored—life being eternal and all.)
So what do you think? Remember how exciting it was, going from seventh into eighth grade? Or that first day of high school? Oh, my goodness! How about a little more of that? It’s not too late, we’re not too old. Life hasn’t played its hand.
Of course, we can just coast, say “I’ve already worked hard enough.” Or, “I’ve blown my chance of becoming a rock star, so forget it. I’ll just kick back until my next life-time, please God.” Lots of people do that. But how about we don’t? How about we take the pro-active route? Cool? Good.
So how is this year going to be better than last? Here’s a little ”new school year” guide/check list to help you. (You’re welcome. Just send money.)
1. Have you got your new “school supplies”? You know, notebook, paper, pens. A computer, books, etc. What do you need for your new year? I’m an artist and an artist coach, so I’m going to address the issue, and you, from that angle. What does the artist in you require as supplies to facilitate your artistry? A guitar, a music stand, a CD player? Paint, paper, a quiet place? Think about it, take it and yourself seriously, and gather the supplies you need.
2. Have you updated and supplemented your wardrobe? Are you seeing yourself as that which you wish to become? Are you presenting yourself that way—via the way you dress and behave, and your website and (as my dad used to say) your “philosophy of life”—to the world? I’m not saying be a poser; I’m saying walk the talk.
3. Have you selected and committed to your “major,” and enrolled in the right “classes”? You’ve got to choose something, and you’ve got to commit to it. Otherwise, nothing gets done. If you’re not ready to do that, fine. But just realize that you really do reap what you sow. If you decide to learn to play the guitar, and work at it diligently, no matter how dorky you may think that you are, unless you mentally sabotage yourself you are going to progress in your guitar-playing. No miracles, no exceptions. On the other hand, if you refrain from deciding and just futz around—a little of this, a little of that—then you reap “futz-aroundness,” which doesn’t get you much on the open “what shall I become?” market. And once you’ve committed to something—make it the thing you think would be the most fun, because it’s all valuable—then get people who already know how to do it to teach you.
4. Are you using the appropriate “extra-curricular support groups”? “Student politics?” “The Drama Club?” “Band?” “Counseling?” To you, this could range from anything like clubs and associations, to an improv group, church, AA, or an Italian cooking class. Our society is full of wonderful supportive classes and activities just ripe for the picking, many of which are free—almost all of which are helpful in some way. Use them, and contribute to them, too, if you can.
5. Do you know how fabulous you are and that you are going to ace this year?! Tude, baby. Attitude. Got to love yourself. Sometimes I think the only really unforgiveable sin is self-doubt. I mean, with self-doubt, the game’s pretty much over. Self-respect, self-esteem, self-compassion and support, on the other hand, and you can fly. They, in fact, are your wings. And you are entirely justified in loving yourself, because you are lovable! You are the expression of all that is magnificent in life. The child of God, if you’d rather. So knock yourself out!
So there you go, kids. We’ve got a lot to do this year. This year we inch our dreams forward, we permit ourselves to blossom. But we won’t—we’ll be like those pathetic unfulfilled kernels at the bottom of the microwave popcorn bag that never quite popped—if we don’t do things a little differently this year, if we don’t take a little more conscious control. Which we can do. Which we are willing to do. And which we really want to do as the world’s artists of today. Hey, it’s our mission. It’s our privilege—if we accept it. It is our right. Have a good (not only day) but year! And please keep in touch. Let me know how it’s going!