Friday, May 8, 2009

Grey's Anatomy and Optimism


After a couple of years of giving this show a miss, I watched Grey's Anatomy last night. Now, I remember why I stopped watching. Saddest and most depressing show EVER! Of course, you could see the Bride switch coming a mile away and we still have the two hour final next week to wrap things up but I think I'm over it for good. Tears were streaming down my face. And yes, I know it isn't real. But young people die in car accidents all the time and people get diagnosed with inoperable cancer every day.

So, for a complete change of pace:

I watched Michael J Fox's documentary on Optimism. I want Michael as a best friend. How cool would it be to have a person like that in your life every day? I need to go read his book, because the documentary wasn't enough. I loved how much he valued the "journey." I've been thinking about that a lot lately. Not to be so hung up on the ultimate goal, to do the "next right thing." Watching him play golf and the guitar, very badly. And realizing that he would never be great at either one and it didn't matter. How freeing is that? To just do things because you want to, not because you will ever be a star at it.

To write because you love the act of writing each day. Not the thought of a big fat contract.

To take a walk because it feels good instead of worrying about your heart rate and is it in the "zone."

To run and dance and sing just because it brings you joy?

4 comments:

Kelly Boyce said...

Hahaha...wow we have pretty similar posts today, Anne!

Julia Smith said...

I sometimes think I don't concentrate enough on those contracts and zones. I definitely focus more on the process. But I'm hoping to marry the two in the not-too-distant future. Happy process AND contract. That would be sweet.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Kelly, isn't that funny? Are minds were definitely in sinc this week.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Julia, I would hope enjoying the process means that we will eventually make it to the goal. With our joy still in us.