Monday, August 12, 2013
A Life in Review
So, as many of you know, I’m in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, 3000 miles from home bringing the message of SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL to the masses and strangely enough, the masses aren’t coming. It is by far, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and as you’ve been along the journey thus far you know what came before. I’m not disappointed by the slow numbers, truth is it’s hard to build an audience here where you are just a drop in the sea of offerings across the city. No, what is troubling me is simply the tepid response. I suppose it is in part because I am so close to this and I believe so much in the message of this show and the blog, that anyone can change his or her life with baby steps and the absolute resolve to be open to everything the world has to offer.
I’ve been told my show is too much life a self-help book, not sexy enough, not Avant guard enough, not angsty enough or in your face enough.
Well, enough is enough. All those people miss the point of this show, this blog and this time on earth. The whole point of what I do, what I write and what I want to convey is that we are enough. Now. In this moment. Ok, maybe there are times I seem like I’m out there saying things can be better but the truth is, I’m just relating my own experiences, my own challenges and my own goofy, messy choices. It’s like the penny jar on the counter. If you are in need, take it. If you have enough, spare it. And if you don’t have a stake in it, shut the f*ck up.
Ok, yes, I know that they are reviewers, to be fair, that’s their job. But the fact is, we all have critics in our lives, those little niggling voices who evaluate our every thought, choice and decision. Problem with critics these days is there’s no way to delete them; much like the lesson of cyber space, everything we hear lives in the archive of our brain. So maybe the key is to take the bad review and find the quote.
‘Engaging and amusing…this is the show for you!’
‘Touching…intriguing…a heart-warming performance.’
Forget the naysayers and bring on the reviews. Just make sure you do a little creative editing of your own!