Take a break, stop, and film the flowers.
Something that I’ve been doing since I got here is to take in the moment, use all my senses, see what’s around me, stop, and take a picture so I can share my journey with you. Funny thing, I walked right past this Banksy art on my way to the Egyptian Theatre today, but I got to go back and see it because I had to leave my place in the wait list line to go get cash for the film I was seeing. On my way out there it was, in all it’s glory. I had to get back to my waitlist line, but you better believe it, I stopped and took a picture.
Sometimes you can be more engaged when you fly solo.
Something I don’t do in Chicago is talk to random people in public. I never really engage with anyone besides the ones I know or the people that are in my film group. But at Sundance it was kind of an exercise for me to get out of my comfort zone and start talking to people, listening to their stories and engaging in conversation. This is something I’d like to keep doing when I return to Chicago. We’re here on a planet together, why do we have to be so isolated?
It is important to let yourself be rediscovered, you’re never finished.
This journey has helped me realize that my life is not in a box, I can leave that box anytime, and my life is not spelled out, there are still many letters and boxes to discover that encapsulate me, and I should never limit myself because of this.
Take care of yourself so you can continue to have adventures.
I have a tattoo of a sail boat on my inner wrist that I forget about, but the reason why I have it is to remind myself that life is an adventure. I realized during this trip is that adventures aren’t always about being extreme, yes I wanted to see at least 6 films, but I only saw 4, but I got to do other things like hang out in a cafe, go to an art exhibit, see Charlie Kaufman talk, ride the bus with a bunch of locals, and then another bus ride tonight with the filmmakers heading to the awards ceremony to see who won for each competition.
To immerse myself in the full experience I’d like to remember to take care of my body and rest because I can then fully enjoy myself, and that’s what I did here, everything was balanced, and if something didn’t happen that I planned, I let it go, looked at it like an adventure, rather then a mis-step. I allowed myself to open up to the unplanned. This is something I can take back with me.
Tomorrow I leave and I may spend sometime walking around a bit before my flight, but I’m really happy how things turned out, even seeing “Film Hawk”. I wasn’t a big fan of that film, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to see it. I’m very grateful for this whole experience.