Real Life is Not Mario World

I’m always looking for a reason to “start over.”

October 11, 2011
Dear Diary,
Today is the first day of my NEW life!

I blame it on Super Nintendo. When you get down to the last 10 lives or so, you go back to the early levels you’ve mastered, get about 100 lives, and then take on Bowser’s Castle.

Unfortunately, we live on Earth, not Super Mario World. So until Steven Hawkins finds a way to use black holes to build a time machine, we just chug along and layer our new mistakes on top of the old-but-wise ones.

I recently got my headshots taken. (David Noles!) For a second, I regarded it as an opportunity to start over. (Dear Diary, I’m $34,000 in debt but I have 1,000 really good photographs of myself).

Apart from being a major time suck, going back to Level One is boring. I am currently performing a couple times a week with various improv teams, collaborating on a couple of really exciting new works, and directing a musical with a cast of 70 little girls. All stuff I certainly wasn’t doing this time last year.

There’s a difference between starting over, and moving forward. Either way- new headshots were a necessary investment and a nice boost of confidence and energy.

You don’t need to buy a new car- you just gotta remember to keep changing the oil on the one you already have. And to build on the metaphor- BECAUSE THATS WHAT I DO BEST- this isn’t a career with cheap mechanics, so it’s better to just change it yourself.

If I had a nickel for every mediocre metaphor…