Though I’m fairly sure when I added a prompt of “cats” this month, I was thinking of the black cats of Halloween fame, we instead have this random little cat. Not quite black or white, but a bit of both. And if you want to apply this better to the season, one can imagine him contemplating a moon. I’ve been in this dreamy state myself lately, my mind rushing from idea to idea while occasionally stopping, much like this, to sort it all out properly. Just staring into the distance for a moment hoping the answer might shine down on me. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough for the proper epiphany to occur, but most of the time, it’s just a bit of staring into space. Either way, it’s a nice way to calm a restless mind every now and again. And when I return to what I was doing, I’m at least a bit more relaxed for having taken that moment. Daydreaming is one of my favorite things to do. My evening dreams are too quickly forgotten, but the ones made during the day always stay with me the most. And if I’ve brave enough to pursue them, sometimes, they even manage to come true.
When I was kid, I dreamed of being on stage. It wasn’t the kind of dream one craves for fame or being noticed, I didn’t really want that at all. It was simply chasing the idea that I could be someone else entirely for a time. This, to me, was an incredible thing. I loved to pretend I was a different person in a different world. I wasn’t trying to escape from any type of bad reality, I was just wanting to experience something totally new. I wondered what it would be like to live someone else’s life for a time. To feel what they felt and imagine what they might imagine. To actually dream someone else’s dreams for a time. My own daydreaming paid off eventually when I was cast in my first school show. I was only a nameless member of the chorus, but I approached it will all the fervor and gusto one might had they actually obtained a leading role. I don’t think my character even had a name, but I made one up for him, of course. I can’t actually remember now what name I chose. What I do remember is that I took the tiny part I was given and made it into something bigger.
That little success lead to more and more and soon I was a professional actor for a time. Jumping into lives I’d never lived myself in hopes of bringing a character to life. It was an incredible journey and one that I feel thankful to have experienced today. Though I’m not sure I was ever that astounding on stage, it taught me an important lesson in empathy. That ability to understand and feel what another person might be feeling. And along with this, perhaps one of the most important lessons I’ve ever had the pleasure to acquire. That everyone, no matter who I might meet, has something to teach me. From that point on, my teachers in life grew exponentially. Everywhere I turned, I could find bits of wisdom and new thinking that I could knit into the fabric of my life. Today, not much has changed. I’m continually surrounding myself with people who can teach me what I need to know. And I’m thankful for each of you who’ve joined this community and share your bits of wisdom along the way. I’m in constant awe and admiration most days, often just sitting off to the side, like a little cat, contemplating the moon.
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