My friend Elizabeth was writing that she’s not feeling very Epic. That she had a blog post in her head, but it wasn’t coming out the way she wanted. Sounded like she was being harsh on herself.
Most people would (and did) say “It’s ok… even writing about having nothing to say is saying something…” or “your observations are great, something that isn’t Epic for you, might be for someone else.”
My good friends can rely on me though to give a unique perspective, and Elizabeth has been relying on me to call her out on her excuses or bullshit.
So, when I read this cry for help, I had to put in my 4 cents. So here it is, what I wrote in response to Elizabeth’s Post on not being Epic. (With italicized & colorful commentary for y’all):
you’ll listen, damnit! ( Elizabeth said that despite that people would leave advice, she probably wouldn’t listen )
How to be epic:
1)Try new things every day– even if it’s a new song you’ve never heard, a new beverage you’ve never had (my kidneys just loved me when I tried “Different energy drink at every gas station”(Rockstar Triple Strength is the winner… it really works better than the rest… but god knows what you’re putting into your body. All those things are horrific) — that was across many 3 day drives.), talk to someone you’ve never talked to (Tweeting does NOT count for this, sorry) (Elizabeth tweets a lot- finding a new person to follow and talk to on Twitter is adviseable, but it does not count as Epic. Walk up to a stranger, and start a conversation– that right there can be Epic. Think of Fight Club, when their homework was to start a fight with a stranger– now THAT is difficult, and would make for an Epic blogpost). That alone will give you plenty to talk about.
2)If you like something… a lot… .someone else out there will too. I was deeply moved by The Muppet’s remake of Bohemian Rhapsody, so I embedded it, and made a blog post about it. That helped a lot more people find it than if I were to FB it. Maybe muppets don’t do it for you, but the occasional humor or tearjerker, or something that resonates with how you feel.
3)(Preferred Ori recommended method)- Have an adventure! Go out of town! Treat where you live as if you were out of town. Oh wait.. didn’t I already give you some homework about that this week?(Elizabeth went to NYC, and came home, and was grumpy… and said she tried everything, but it’s not working… she can’t get out of grump. She called me, and I gave her the homework assignment of treating where she lives as if it were out of town. What would you do if you just landed in some place for the weekend? Probably go find unique stuff to do. Find that local free paper, and see if there’s any shows, any parties, any events. Try a new restaurant. Ask people what’s going on in that area. I told EPW that I can connect her with my brother, and she can go ballroom dancing. When was the last time you went ballroom dancing? For her, it was never) Didn’t you say it rocked? Where’s the damn blog post? I thought that would be *EPIC* – Shall I mention the text you sent as you were leaving out the door? (had something to do with one item of clothing)
4)Your kid is frigging awesome! Write about her, and her perspective of the world… because I know that ‘Gracie, what’s your favorite part about ice skating? “that I get to fall down!” ‘ is fuel for A LOT of blog posts. I mean… that is a millionaire mentality we could all use more of. (I often act like a big kid, because why the hell should we stop believing in dreams? Kids think that anything is possible. They appreciate the wonders of the world. That’s why I love sci-fi, and magic shows. Elizabeth’s kid just had surgery after 2nd degree burns, and enjoyed the whole hospital experience. She likes talking to strangers. She likes that she can fall when she’s learning to ice skate. If we all had these traits, we’d take a lot more chances, get up, and try again… and we’d be quite wealthy and happy for it.)
5) (not my recommended method, but it can work) Get shitfaced, flip through the channels, and then write. You’ll tend to be overly emotional, and something will either piss you off, or will make your day. Downside- spelling errors, and you may get blacklisted, etc…
6)Get inspired. Ever notice that something may be nice somedays, but other days it’s “Oh my god! I’ve never had coffee this good!” — endorphins, saritonin…. being inspired. If you’re in a great mood, or thinking of a goal, then all of a sudden, everything is cool again (i.e. when you were in a crappy mood the other day, and I said “Call a funny friend” and then I started talking about zip-lining across a chasm (See! I know you just smiled right then!) — so… think of the next big thing you’re doing, and voila! (If you have something to look forward to – a hot date, an amazing vacation, a big seminar that you can’t wait to attend, a day of solitude, a bonus – you can think about it…. and you get excited, because the mind pictures having it, and that actually releases the same chemicals as having it. The short version is: focus on the positive things, and the things you want. This is why a vision board (digital is ok too… I’ll make a tutorial on how to make that soon) is so great… it gives you a daily reminder of the things you want… and gives you a place to go to look when you’re bummed. Elizabeth is coming here this weekend, and we’re going Ziplining… That’s something for both of us to look forward to!
Ok… that rocks… no more non-epic posts, now that you know how it’s done
Oh yeah… thought of this recently-
7)Blog about your past. I remembered just the other day that my dad put me in a programming class at age 6…. it didn’t fully take, but I picked up some major skills. In 6th grade, I was using a HexEditor to take out copy protection from Sierra Games (cool video games– King’s Quest, etc). So… because my dad wanted to get me into computers early on, because he’s passionate about computers, etc… I am able to do all these amazing thigns I do today… which helps me stay mobile (which is ironic, ’cause my folks are just waiting for me to tell them I’m finally setteling down, yada yada yada). On my show (http://bit.ly/5EwIaH) I talked to Ingrid, and told how she was diagnosed as learning impaired, when really she only had a hearing impairment… but because of that, she had her very own bus/bus driver, special classes, and it really affected some of the ways she grew up… you get it… there’s a million interesting things in your past, and your readers enjoy knowing who you are, and what you really think… that’s why you got so many comments on Signposts and Bat shit. What did you want to do when you were Gracie’s age? My comment may get copied to my blog now, as an epic blog post (See? I kept my word)
Ok… now it’s non-italicized, but I’m staying in blue, so you don’t confuse my blogpost with the comment I left for EPW on her blog.
It crossed my mind that that comment would make a good blog post. But, when her readers started commenting that they are printing it out and laminating it…. I knew I had to share it with you guys!
So… there you go… If you’re having writer’s block, or are not feeling inspired by your post– just read this again, and voila!