Everything I needed to learn about life, I learned through acting class.
It’s true. I learned how to be “me” by learning how to be “other” people.
All those basic questions needed to create a full, alive, powerful character are exactly the questions needed to create an authentically powerful and creative essential self.
Who am I? What do I want? How am I going to get it? What are the obstacles, which stand in my way?
Do these questions sound familiar?
As an actor, I asked these questions on a daily basis. As plain old me… I never even thought to investigate in such a thorough and specific manner. Of course it mattered when playing somebody else, but when it came to my own life… well, that’s just too scary to look at.
What if I fail? What if I’m not enough? What if they don’t like me?
Finally, all my years of training to be somebody else are paying off. I’m learning to ask myself in my everyday life, who I am ? And what do I want? What are my values, as apposed to my parents’, my husband’s or my brother’s and sister’s? What is it I really want? What role am I playing for other people?
We are all actors in one sense or another. We have the appropriate mask for the appropriate occasion, or the appropriate person. Masks are certainly fun and entertaining when we wear them with purpose. I love to put on a costume, as long as I am able to take it off to breathe.
I used to feel that the grass was always greener on the other side of the street. I lived to make my street look like theirs. Until I unmasked my knowing self, the one that breathes clarity.
Now, I love my grass. I love my yard. In it, I feel comfortable, happy and free to be me.
Is this what you want in your life? Ask the right questions and the answers are within you.
Your yard is waiting.
Discover what makes you shine. Own it. Live it.
Liz keifer Life Coaching