2016 started off with a few huge blows. From losing a music icon like David Bowie to, only two days later, losing another icon like Alan Rickman. Both artists who have influenced me and inspired me throughout the years.
I was standing at work the other day and one of my idols walked in the door. Aziz Ansari.
When I lived in New York City my brother had come to visit me over the Holidays, I had literally been in NYC for just under a month. We explored all the cool hangouts and shows that we could afford on a penny-budget. The Comedy Cellar, one of New York’s comedy scenes greatest venues, offers shows nightly at prices like $10 a pop. We snagged a ticket with a line-up of NYC known comedians but nothing more.
As the last comic stood the MC walked out onto the stage and surprised us all by saying Aziz Ansari had walked in and was hoping to do a quick set. He wanted to try out some new material.
It was fucking brilliant. Watching him not just be hilarious but also work.
He was one of the first real celebrities I’d seen in person.
Fast forward to now. As he left my work I commented, ‘In light of David Bowie passing, I’ve been thinking… we need to spend more time on creating experiences for our selves. Whether it’s seeing our idols live, traveling, or whatever else we keep telling ourself we want to be doing.’
NOTE: I DON’T MEAN BE A CREEPER AND STALK YOUR IDOLS IN RESTAURANTS. I MEAN GO SEE THEM PERFORM IN THEIR ELEMENT. GO SEE WHAT THEY’RE PRESENTING TO THE WORLD.
We dismiss them, these experiences, as things that only the rich and famous can get a taste of, but that really isn’t the case. There is always a way. It’s truly a mind over matter thing.
In the past few years I’ve spent less time focusing on what I do and am, and more time on what I experience. Allowing those experiences to mold me, rather then me trying to control and mold myself.
Here’s to simply getting out there and experiencing the world!