Ok, two things…..
1) THANKS for THAT! Threw a question on twitter…what was your first live concert? (we were talking about Van Halen and got side tracked), and all the answers i got back made me laugh for hours. Not laughing at you, but with you. The range of answers tells me that the people who follow me on twitter range HUGELY in age. Some people’s first concert was not that long ago (I had many NSYNCs) and some of them were before even mine (80s). Some were pop, some were rock n roll, some were heavy metal, some were embarrassing (they went with their mom) and some were the best shows ever. It was what you wrote with them that made me laugh. The embarrassment (don’t ever be embarrassed about music…..it’s wonderful in any form…as long as it makes you feel something) that came with the memory…hilarious! A blast from the past for many of us. And a good one. First concert usually has a good feeling attached to it, and i appreciate you sharing yours with me and taking me back down memory lane. Mine was Cheap Trick, April Wine and Red Rider. in the 80s. I adored that show. Will always remember it. Funnily, I am still a huge fan of Cheap Trick and April Wine. Love me my modern rock but i will always be a classic rock fan at heart. To this day the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin are still two of my favourite bands.
2) School! I am back in school. Getting my psych degree. Slowly….as i can only do a couple courses at a time with work. Just getting a few credits and I will be transferring to UBC in the fall for 3rd year. I have been working on this for a while. Yes, it was hard going back (yer brain just doesn’t work that way after many years of not studying) and i have to laugh at the 19 and 20 year olds who look at me like i’m some kind of alien. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t bother me, i just find it funny. And when i speak up in class (i do that a lot) and they hear my booming voice, they shrink away from me like i am the devil. I scare them…..im ok with that….actually i get a kick out of it. There is a point to this.
Many people in my life were shocked that i chose to go back to school. Why would I? What about acting? You’ll be old, Sam! What are you going to do with the degree?….etc…There are two things i have to say about that….you are NEVER too old to go back to school. EVER. Don’t ever let that limit you. I love being back in college. Adore it. I care now. I didn’t when i first went in my early 20s. I find it really interesting and i work hard for my marks (something i didn’t do in my 20s, i assure you). It is going to take me forever to get a degree, and i also plan on doing a Masters, but i don’t care. Constantly learning and growing is important. Doesn’t have to be University, just anything where you are expanding your mind. That can be volunteering, taking a cooking class, or learning how to garden…..whatever. Don’t stagnate in your life. Grow, learn, take risks, get out of your comfort zone, see how other people live. My second point there is to make sure you follow your dream. Don’t let anyone decide for you what you do with your life. It’s YOUR LIFE. I had two full careers before i embarked on an acting career at 28. I was a radio announcer (still am) and I worked for a big record label, accompanying bands around Toronto. I loved those jobs but my dream was to become an actor so i did. At 28 i quit everything, got a bartending job, got an agent and went after it. Sure, it was hard but i wasn’t going to let other people’s fears (my mother was aghast) control my destiny. It’s never too late to chase what you want to do. I believe we are here to do stuff, and that ‘stuff’ will present itself to you if you let it. Trust it. Don’t rush it. I may get out of the acting game. Not now, but one day i may go back to radio full time or i may become a clinical psychologist. We’ll see. For now I am happy doing to a bit of everything, but i do trust that when the time is right, what i am supposed to be doing will present itself to me.
Ok. That’s my sermon for today. Sorry if that felt like a rant but i feel passionate about that.
Gotta run. The garden needs tending (FINALLY we got some ok weather in Vancouver), and my friend Carolyn blew her knee and I have to drive her around today.
Hope yer well.