Our Town…Our Life…

by Lance Ekum on · 70 comments

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Do you ever have those things that float around in your heart…things that make you say "what if…"

What if...I joined this new group I've heard about?

What if…I went on that trip, all by myself?

What if...I tried a new sport?

What if...I ventured out in my own business?

What if...I listened to my heart?

…the courage to be yourself…

Do thoughts like this bounce through your head (and more importantly – through your heart)?  And does that bouncing go anywhere?  Or does it stay locked within the recesses of your heart and mind?

What If

What if, instead of just thinking these thoughts, we did something about it. 

What if we didn't know what that next step looked like, and took it anyway.

Life is awful funny, that way.  Call it serendipity, the Universe acting on our behalf, God answering our prayers, …

Our thoughts, along with some sort of action in their general direction…well, pretty amazing things begin to happen.

Our Town

For a couple of years, the idea has bounced around in my head (and heart).  What if…I tried my hand at acting?

Of course, this thought without action..it's like a seed without soil.  The possibility, the potential of that seed is great.  Although, without the action of placing that seed in some soil, and providing some nourishment – nothing happens.

{have you ever had thoughts that lie dormant?}

Fast forward to early June of this year.  {and recall…this idea of thoughts coupled with action}  For some reason (I don't recall at all anymore), I land upon the website of a local bookstore.  That bookstore website has a link on its site to a small outdoor theatre at a state park near our house – SummerStage.  I normally would just move on, except for some reason, on this day, I'm compelled to click that link.

Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, will be performed at SummerStage this summer – and there is still a need for actors.

{the easy answer is to say – I've not done anything like this in forever}

{the easy answer is to say – rehearsals have already started, it's too late}

{the easy answer is to say – I have lots of other "things" to do}

{the easy answer is to say – nothing…} {the easy answer…is to do nothing}

The easy answer, though, is it really the easy answer?  Is it, when that answer pulls you away from something that tugs at your heart?  Perhaps that easy answer is an answer that's become the default too many times? 

Perhaps that easy answer is really the difficult answer – every time, taking you one step further from your dreams, your desires, you bliss. 

So, I choose this (difficult) easy answer…the easy answer that speaks from my heart, the easy answer that might feel difficult and yet – it's the answer whispering from my soul…

And So It Begins

A week later, I find myself showing up for rehearsals – and with a role to play.

Life is awful funny that way…

Between that time in mid-June and now – my evenings have been with this group of actors, creating our performance of Our Town.  A group of people from all different walks – together creating memories, fulfilling dreams, making a few mistakes (I speak personally on this one…), having fun…

{how are you choosing to answer?}

The Culmination

We have just finished up our performances.   It's a bit strange to think I won't be spending my evenings with this amazing group of people – something we've done for the last several weeks. 

…and the journey continues for each of us…

As I reflect back, I'm reminded of a line near the end of this play ~

"…Oh, Earth, you're too wonderful for anyone to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it – every, every minute?"

We are here on this earth for a finite amount of time.  What tomorrow holds, we know not.  And yet, it is so easy to live our lives as if tomorrow will always come.

Your Call to Action

Choose to listen to that voice which speaks from your heart.  And if the thoughts that voice brings up, if they are ones that maybe scare you just a little bit – choose to act. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Dare to dream. 

Dare to be uniquely you.

Dare to step out of any boxes you've created for yourself.

Dare to live…really and fully, live…

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Patty/Why Not Start Now? July 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

What an adorable photo and delightful story, Lance! Takes me back to my own days of doing community/summer theatre. And absolutely, why not pull the threads on these curiosities? That’s what a well-lived life is all about. If ever there was a play to remind us of that, it’s this one for sure.

The other cool thing for me is I know right where you were performing. I lived in Madison for a year, and visited that park. Recently I also had the most amazing trip to Door County and saw an outdoor performance of American Folklore Theatre. Have you been?
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Lance July 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hi Patty,
Community theatre is loads of fun!!

And how c0ol – you’ve been to this park!! We have loved going to this place for many years – lots of hiking, running, and skiing. And now…we’ve discovered the great plays that are performed here! (I’m, obviously, a little partial…)

Door County is a great place to visit. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been up there – and I have not been to any performances at the American Folklore Theatre (a new place to check out next time we travel that way!)

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Joe Stoddard July 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Thank you Constable! Very nice reflection!
Joe.

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Lance July 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Mr. Joe Stoddard,
Thanks!! And…great to see you here (especially since I’m not horizontal and looking up at you!)

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Cinderella July 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Good for you for being brave and venturing forward with your “what if” to act in Our Town!

Great quote by Teddy Roosevelt.

I tend to DO my “what ifs” and I really enjoy life because of it. It really gives you a peace of mind, as well as leaves you free of regret in many ways.

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Lance July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Cinderella,
Great to “meet” you, and thank you!

That’s it – when we say “what if” and then act upon it – even when it doesn’t go as planned, we are out there, LIVING our life. And that’s success every single time…

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Aileen | Kaizen Vision July 25, 2011 at 2:10 am

Lance, I give you a standing ovation! I wish you could hear me cheering for you as I read this.
CONGRATULATIONS on taking this amazing theatre journey. I’m sooooooooooo truly happy you took this adventure and enjoyed it. The rehearsal schedules can be demanding – but it’s such a unique bonding experience to create live theatre. I’m not sure if you’ll delve into another performance another play – but I can’t help but hope so. 🙂

I’m so, so very happy for you!

I love your invitation:
“Dare to dream.
Dare to be uniquely you.
Dare to step out of any boxes you’ve created for yourself.
Dare to live…really and fully, live…”
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 5:46 am

Aileen,
You, dear friend, are an inspiration. I have thought of you much, and how you chose to try out for the Nutcracker…and to dance. So, so inspirational…and so wonderfully shared – what IS possible when we dare to try…

So, thank you for sharing your story, and thank you for your amazing support and friendship here.

…dare to live… (you do)

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Evelyn Lim July 25, 2011 at 7:40 am

I almost forgot and now that you’ve reminded me, I joined my school’s drama team for four years when I was in my teens. It wasn’t as if I wanted to act but I thought I might be interested in helping out in stage productions. Well, it turned out that there were opportunities for role-play and I took it as a challenge to express myself.

Good for you in taking the dare to do something different. Indeed, each experience counts in creating a full life. It’s wonderful that you are living richly!
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

Evelyn,
A rich life…is one that is lived from the heart. And that is developed by stepping outside of the comfort zone we’re in, and doing new things.

Here’s to living a daring life…always…and in so many ways…

Thanks Evelyn!

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Megan Bord July 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

Lance, you look fantastic! What a fun and terrific thing to do, and reading your words today I’m reminded that YES, there are things I say I want to do, but I let those seeds lie dormant. Why? For all the reasons you mentioned in your post.
Basically for me it boils down to fear.
But I’m learning, bit by by, to jump and “do.”
Or as I did last week, JUMP and let the net appear beneath me.
Too many times (wait, that’s a judgment!), I’ve held back and ignored my heart whispers. I’ve wanted certainty that things would work out okay if I took the leap.
I’m learning, though, I’m learning…
And seeing you here – in that fabulous costume with such an authentic, contented glow – reminds me that jumping is altogether more fun than NOT jumping. It’s what lets us SOAR!
Thank you, my friend!

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Lance July 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

Megan,
Awwww….you are sweet (thank you!).

FEAR. A word that can all too easily hold us back from our fullest potential. That “not knowing” – it can paralyze us from doing new things (I know!). And yet, when we do – just as you say (and did last week) – the net will appear. Maybe that net doesn’t always look like how we think it will – it’s still there, though.

Yay!! (for YOU, jumping last week!!)

Big hugs!
Lance
P.S. I’m jumping up and down with you…right now!

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Evita July 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hi Lance

What a great group photo!

I have said out loud the other day to myself something that I always knew but needed to hear out loud – “it is one thing to have an intention, and quite another to act on it” – and so yes, you acted on your intention and this is where doors and windows of new opportunities open up.

I am so happy for you for taking this step. It sounds like it was a great time and provided so much new growth to continue one’s expansion.

So yes, stepping out and saying yes! can be such a wonderful thing, liberating and moving us to the next greatest stage of our being.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 5:56 am

Evita,
That photo really did turn out well!! (of course, I’m slightly biased!)

Having the intention isn’t the hard part…it’s the acting upon that intention. And I fully believe that when we do this, the Universe conspires on our behalf (even though I’m not sure how that happens…) – and doors ARE opened!

Here’s to always daring, in whatever speaks from our hearts…

Thanks Evita!

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Jennifer July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

Due to various experiences, “what if?” is the question I avoid. One of the hardest things to experience in our lives is regret, and I don’t want to experience that again. I agree on hearing the whispers in my soul, and what we need to do is act rather than make up reasons why we shouldn’t do it. Thank you for the inspiration Lance. You have made the right decision, and I know that you are happy.

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Lance July 26, 2011 at 5:59 am

Jennifer,
…regret…yes, when we ignore that voice in our heart…regret is often what remains.

So, even when we choose to act upon this voice and it doesn’t go as planned (as it sometimes may not), it’s still so good – as we have tried, and who knows what might come next because of this.

Thanks for being here!

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving July 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

Congratulations on following your intuition and taking the plunge, Lance!!!! I’m sure you had a fantastic time. I was in drama and choir throughout high school and even got a theater scholarship (I switched to business later) , and I’m not sure if I would’ve survived my teens without the outlet that acting gave me. What a wonderful way to explore human emotions in a safe way and play and create with others.

Bravo!! 🙂

Hugs,
Melody
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

Melody,
It was so much fun being a part of this!

And you bring up a great point – outlets like this (theatre, or whatever it is that interests us) can be a great way to make connections. And from that – life is that much more enjoyable…

Thanks!! (and hugs back to YOU!)

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Meg July 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

So Cool! I was super into acting in high school. I was in every play and musical. I loved it. I am so happy you decided to go for it. I am sure you have had a blast rehearsing. Who knows what other doors and opportunities this will open for you? I like your way of thinking. What if we just did it! 🙂

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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

Meg,
Thanks!!

Rehearsals were lots of fun – especially the more we all got to know each other. Some of the nights were long (and hot…at an outdoor theatre!). Still, great memories were created – and it was all so worth it!

Here’s to just doing it!!!

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Toi Lynn Wyle July 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Wonderful to hear you diving in to what is really calling you. I keep thinking that if we answer the calls, follow the threads, we might not know where will they lead us, but we always end up more alive, more willing to take risks in the future. Thank you for inspiring us. Makes me want to create a What If todo list, and then start to check it off one by one.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:03 am

Toi,
You know – that’s exactly it! There’s no way to know exactly where this will all lead to. And that’s okay (and maybe even way better than okay) – because there’s something about following the path that’s right for each of us – whatever that looks like (even when we don’t know exactly where it’s leading to).

And – I love your idea of creating a “What If” list…and then start checking them off!! How fun would that be!!

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Cathy | Treatment Talk July 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hi Lance,

How fun that you were in community play! I can completely relate to how difficult it can be to step out the box and try something new. I moved to a new town in 2003 about an hour from where I used to live, and I realized if I was going to make some new friends, I needed to try something new. I joined the tennis group, started taking yoga classes and joined a women’s group. My experience was that I met new friends and tried new experiences. We have to push back our fear and make ourselves a little uncomfortable once in awhile to move forward. Congrats on the play – looks like a fun project.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Cathy,
Very cool – how you embraced new activities and developed friendships in your new town! It can be a bit uncomfortable at first (I know…just like going to rehearsal the first night, not knowing anyone!).

And…I also began taking a yoga class about a year ago – another thing that was a bit uncomfortable for me – as I was completely new to yoga at the time. And you know what? I love it!!

Hears to embracing the opportunities in our life to grow and expand!

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Lynn July 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh Lance – how cool is that? I’m so pleased that you are doing that. I wish I could see it. I spotted you there on the back row immediately.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Lynn,
Thanks!! (and it sure was cool! ) (well…except for the weather…that was a bit hot!!)

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Jody - Fit at 53 July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

LOVED this Lance & so glad you listened! I have done some listening in the past & did stuff. I have got a lot of no’s in the more recent past & got stagnated with trying BUT I am back to trying again! Thx!
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

Jody,
That’s it – even when we start to stagnate – we can always CHOOSE to do something different. So, very cool – you doing that!!

Thanks!!

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Audra Krell July 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

You are looking sharp my friend! Love your costume. This is so cool. I’m so proud of you and wish I could have seen the show. I would come more than once! Congratulations. Hope another one is happening soon for you!
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hi Audra!
Thanks – I clean up pretty nice, huh!!! (I certainly don’t dress that way every day!) And – one scene was a winter scene (think wearing a winter coat on a hot summer night!). By the end of that scene – “sharp” was NOT the word to describe how I looked!! (ha!)

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Debbie @ Happy Maker July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

That is wonderful Lance. We all have to remember to get out of the box. I am proud of you. It is really kind of funny. When i was in high school I loved to playes. And I have to say I was pretty darn good at it.
Anyway, new experience really do make life fun. We do need to learn for today, because tomorrow will take care of itself.
Blessing to you and thank you for sharing this,
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

Debbie,
Thanks!!

This was definitely “stepping out of the box” for me! And so much fun, too!

How awesome – you, doing this when you were in high school!

Here’s to keeping on having experiences that make life meaningful…

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J.D. Meier July 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

It sounds like you had a great adventure, and a bitter-sweet end.

I think my most rewarding journeys have always been following my values, whether it’s been diving in full boar, or wading in the shallow end, and working my way to the deep end.

I always heard the things we regret most in life are the things we didn’t do, and I think that’s true.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

JD,
Yes, it was bitter sweet to see this end. As a group, we were together several night a week. And just like that – it was over. Still, there are great memories from this, and new friendships formed (that’s the sweet part…).

Here’s to DO-ing!! …and creating an amazing life in the process…

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Tess The Bold Life July 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Lance,
You are out on the cutting edge, leading us all to the precipice of our next adventure! Let’s title this photo…we all took a risk, what about you? I’m sure you were a natural.
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Lance July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

Tess,
Ha!! You say “cutting edge”…and this play, Our Town, was set in the early 1900’s!! (I know what you mean – and I still find good humor in this!!)

Life is the adventure we make it…

Thanks Tess!!

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Tim July 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Hi Lance:

Your post is great on so many levels. First off, congratulations on really putting yourself out there and learning and growing and now sharing with us. Your post was well written and really hit home with me.

I find it interesting, also, because I had these “what if?” thoughts just yesterday afternoon as I attended a preview performance of a play at a small storefront theater in Chicago. About 15 years ago, I took a year’s worth of improv classes that really changed my life. I sat at the play yesterday thinking that it would be really cool to get back on stage again…even in a small role. I haven’t been on stage since then. I thought about the nerves, the preparation, the camaraderie with the other actors AND ultimately the exhilaration of just doing it.

Lance, I thank you for writing this post and reminding me there’s no such thing as a “coincidence.”
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

Hi Tim,
…there are no coincidences…

I *love* that thought, and what you have shared here.

Doing this was such a great experience, just as you improv classes were for you. And so I’m excited to hear where this may lead you – and you consider getting back onstage!

Awesome-ness!!

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Andrew Walker July 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Actually, looking at that photo kinda reminds me of my high school time. It was really fun and warm with those friends of mine back then.
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

Andrew,
…good times, right…those moments we create in our life that have meaning for us.

Thanks for the visit!

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Justin| Mazzastick July 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Hey Lance,
That is awesome that you took the leap of faith and pursued acting. It’s one of the hardest things to do and you did it.

I believe that when we get out of our comfort zone we really feel what it is like to be alive. Starting my blog was a big leap for me and I love it.
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

Justin,
The challenging part of this was knowing that others were counting on me to know my parts. Getting out of my comfort zone and really doing this – a real confidence builder on this path of life (as well as just being a whole lot of fun!).

And I completely understand on how starting a blog can be that way too – as it was for me, also, when I decided to create this Jungle of Life space.

Keep creating – you have so much good to share!

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David Stevens July 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Hi Lance,
Wonderful. I have been guilty of ‘looking for a way out’ when something has come up. I’ve seen “it” as inconvenient. But no more. I should no better & I do. Your post has cemented my thoughts. Congratulations.
be good to yourself
David
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

David,
Ahhh….that feeling of wanting a “way out”. Perhaps we’ve all been there (hmmm…come to think of it, there was one particular moment during our performances when I felt that way…and it all worked out just fine…).

Here’s to getting out there, trying new things, and really living!

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Jen July 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

Lance,
I am so PROUD of you!

I love your statement about the “easiest” thing is not necessarily the right one. I am glad you listened to your inner voice and created a beautiful experience for yourself!!

I can imagine how wonderful it was to be on stage with such a great group of people from all walks of life. I have experienced that in music groups too, and I always walk away feeling like THIS is what it is all about. Finding common ground with people….despite differences. Music and acting are so good for that. The world would be a much better place if we all said “yes” to more collaboration and less bickering!

I bet you were a star! So….WHAT’S NEXT???
Congratulations, friend!
Love,
Jen
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

Jen,
Thank you (thank you thank you thank you!)!!!!

This was such a wonderful experience, and to top it off – the whole cast and crew were amazing to work with, too! And we became united – in this experience of working together on this, of being together on this, of going through many nights of rehearsals and seeing it all come together…

So….what’s next? Hmmm….right now, it’s to just relax and enjoy the moment. And that’s all good, too…

Big, big love,
Lance

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Andrea (Sacred Suds) July 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Oh, Lance, Congratulations!! I absolutely LOVE that quote you pulled from the play, and GOOD ON YOU for clicking that link and taking it all the way through to acting in the play! What a fantastic creative experience – I can’t imagine what kinds of wonders, and thoughts, and new relationships must open up when you really dig into a writer’s work, interpret it, and act it out. That is so awesome!!!!
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:25 am

Andrea,
Thank YOU!!!!

I love that line from the play, also – it was at the very end – and something that hopefully the audience took from the play as well.

Truly this was a great experience for me – and something that I’ve not done before. And that alone just reminds me that we can always try new things (hmmm….just like you, out there doing the triathlon…tri girl!!! Awesome!!).

Great to have you here, thanks a thousand times over!

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Adrienne July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Congratulations on stepping outside that box and doing something you’ve been wanting to do. Great minds must think alike.

I did the exact same thing last year. Of course I didn’t want an acting part, I’m not good with lines or remembering things. I wanted to be an extra. So I answered an extra call, went to the local bookstore and they wanted me to play a part. I refused but later on found out they wrote me some lines anyway because the director fell in love with my personality and told me to just “go with it”. I’m thrilled I had this experience and the movie will hopefully be released later this year.

I quit with the “what if’s” a long time ago and I started taking chances. Something I’ve never been very good at but as you probably recently learned about me Lance, life’s too short for “what if’s”. Today is all we have so go for it. Hopefully you can just look back and say “I did that”! 🙂

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Lance July 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

Adrienne,
Thank you!!!!

How cool – you, in a movie!!!! And the thing is – had you never have “shown up” for the part of an extra, none of this would have ever happened. And now…it’s a great memory for you!! (and that’s the same way I feel!)

Loved the video you shared on your site, Adrienne! Here’s to going for it…and living the life of our dreams!!

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Adrienne July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

You are SO very welcome my friend.. I thought that was so cool when I read you did that. Can I say I knew him when? 🙂 My friends give me a hard time about that now. Hey, it was a very small part but I had a blast and met some really cool people. What a unique experience wouldn’t you agree? Here’s to the both of us stepping outside our box.

Glad you enjoyed the video. And thanks for your support!
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Ha!!! Okay…my acting career isn’t leading to Hollywood quite yet!!!

Yes, definitely a unique experience – especially how everyone really seemed to gel together one we we on the real stage for rehearsals. What began as strangers just a few short weeks ago – it led to a group of new friendships and new perspectives on life…

Let’s you and I both keep stepping out of the proverbial box!!

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Amy Putkonen July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi Lance!

I saw that you were in a play and I had to stop by and say hello. I didn’t realize that you had not been in any plays before. Wow. What a big step to do something like that. I think what you are saying here is great. Life is short and so wonderful when we shed our fears and do the crazy stuff! Keep on being crazy Lance!
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

Hi Amy!!!

This WAS a big step – and one that was so good to take! That…and it was just a whole lot of fun! (and fun…can’t beat that, right!)

Okay…you twisted my arm…I’ll keep being *ahem* crazy!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by – it’s great to “see” you!!!

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suzen July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Hey Lance, this is fantastic! I’ve always said Life is a Banquet – some folks never get themselves out of the bar and on to the table of goodies, or they find one thing on the table and never try anything else! You, my friend, are really sampling what is offered – living a full life with lots of fun adventures! Good for you! It’ll keep you young too!

I’m up at the lake and we bought kayaks this year. Tried it, love it, am hooked! Ran into someone in town today who said “Damn, Susan, you never age! How do you do that?” As flattering as that was (and boy that was really sweet!) it’s all about not settling, not letting that old person in, being grateful for every day every opportunity and loving – lots of loving!
hugs
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

Suzen,
Thank YOU!!!

Mmmm…love your analogy of “Life is a Banquet”. It is indeed!! And…I’m choosing to try many things on the banquet table!!

Kayaking!! Very awesome!! And what a great way to spend time at your summer home! Damn Susan…you’re onto something!! I’m comin’ up to spend a few days with you (my kids have this way of reminding me how grey my hair is getting!!)!!!

Hugs and love,
Lance

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Amy Putkonen July 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

Thanks, Lance!

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Dr. J July 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

I’ve always set a high bar for myself, Lance! It’s just who I am. Funny, I still feel I don’t do enough at times.
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Lance July 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Hey Dr. J,
A bar set high is one that makes us strive to reach it…well done, my friend!!!

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Leah Shapiro July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hi Lance,

How awesome that you have followed your inspiration into such wonderful places and are expanding more fully into knowing yourself through dong it.

Rock on!
Leah
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Lance July 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi Leah!
That’s just it – this expansion of “me” has also led to more discoveries of who I am. And that’s pretty darn awesome! (just like YOU!)

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Patricia Hill July 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

I know exactly how you feel. In my case my husband was already in our local theater group and he finally twisted my arm last year. I’ve been in two productions now and in the last play, the writer/director even added some lines so that my daughter could take part. It is the simply the best experience.
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Lance July 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Patricia,
How cool! And…especially that this has become a real family affair!

Keep creating these amazing experiences in your life!!

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Janet @ The Natural Networker July 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Lance, aloha. What a terrific story. How wonderful that, once you planted the seed, it grew so quickly. Your acting must have been even more satisfying since you responded to your heart’s message.

The experience of gathering together with the diverse people who make up a community theatre performance no doubt stimulated growth and reflection we will see in future blog posts.

Lance, congratulations on living another of your dreams. Look forward to reading more of your adventures in this Jungle of Life. Aloha. Janet
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Lance July 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

Hi Janet,
Thanks!!!

And the thing about that “seed” growing…is that it takes action on our part. When we do that, some pretty amazing things can happen!!

Great to have you here!!
Lance

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Jannie Funster August 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

So funny — I ALWAYS battle with little inner excuses why I can’t do something, like my weekly Open Mikes. So silly to battle. Surrender is the way to go.

xoxo

And YOU, Mr Sheriff are one great-looking law man!! Fun photo. Wonderful memories.
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Lance August 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

Hey Ms. Jannie!!
…ah, those inner excuses (I sure know about them!). Moving beyond these inner excuses, and doing it…it’s a great place to get to! (and you, Ms. singer lady…do that fabulously!!)

Playing the sheriff…and they didn’t give me a gun (I guess fictional city Grovers Corners is a pretty safe place!!)!

xoxoxoxo

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Andy Clint August 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This is very inspiring post…nice photo as well…
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