Today, my friend Dana and I are driving to Duluth (Minnesota) to pick up Dana’s father’s camper, which he is loaning to me for a year. This is all part of an experiment to follow my excitement, recommended by others I admire. (I was first exposed to this idea in a video featuring Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, whose philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”)[ Since purchasing this parcel in Milltown, WI, I’ve wanted to spend a broader chunk of time there than the occasional overnight Dana and I have managed to fit into busy and divergent schedules. This summer will be my first of many opportunities.
Most of the philosophies I’ve encountered based on this idea of pursuing things that drive up life’s excitement meter recommend making this the most important priority in life. Not that excitement is focused on at the expense of everything else, but that you focus on it as much as possible, or as much as your current responsibilities allow.
I find myself, instead of balking at the idea of such risk-taking behavior, excited by the very idea of it. Suddenly, the list of things I’d like to pursue becomes ample, filling a space too in my mind too large even for my own comfort. The seemingly unrelated paths to pursue range from introducing DIY video production in working with my clients, to building a grand-scale permaculture to my 30-acre parcel (then living off the grid and eating mostly what I grow); from developing a website helping other clinicians to “go digital” with record-keeping, to a site that stretches the DIY paradigm more broadly so that it would include teaching clinicians to help their clients provide much more of their own expertise on the healing journey.
Looking at it now, there is a thread of DIY-ness woven throughout. Makes me feel a little better to assign a theme to these far-flung imaginings. For now, I’m attempting to talk soothingly to that little voice in me who insists that the kookiness factor in all of this has gone through the roof, and to do what I can with my limited free time. I’ll spend free days this summer mostly in the little motor home on my land parcel, learn more about The Hero’s Journey, and add some of the self-help tools I currently use with clients to this blog and/or my web site for others to use. I’ll also present a film I made about my own Brain Injury recovery at a second conference for the benefit of those working with TBI patients.
It’s a start.