Recently I received a wonderful gift from a friend in celebration of my birthday. I’d become closer to her recently and she surprised me with a beautiful silver bracelet. On it is inscribed “Live the Life You’ve Imagined”. The funny thing is I am living what I thought the life might be but I never gave myself the chance to imagine that I would be the one living this life. I know that sounds confusing but stay with me on this. I realized that with all the planning and edumacating and work I’d been doing, I never allowed myself the opportunity to think about what this life would look like, feel like and live like. And because I didn’t do that imagining, I didn’t recognize that I was actually in the midst of living this life. My days are filled with on camera auditions, rehearsals, film shoots, voiceover auditions, casting sessions, commercial shoots, recording sessions, to name a few. And my day doesn’t end at 5pm like it used to when I was in corporate. My time is very fluid so the evening can be a jammed packed as the day is. I realized this recently when one day I had an early morning on camera audition, then was back home to do some Voiceover work and was able to slip a quick nap in, then I changed and prepped for the next on camera audition, returned home to do some research work I’d been hired to do and I ended my day directing a voicetalent on an e-learning session he was doing. It wasn’t until someone pointed out to me what I’d done that day that I realized it was a day that most people in my new business would be thrilled to have. Thank goodness I was forced to step back and take a longer look at how I was living my life. Otherwise I would have continued in my days not taking note of how I was spending those days.
Taking a bit of time out of my day to imagine how I want to live the next few days is time well spent. Without it, I won’t know I’m living the life I want and then what I want my life to look like at the next step.