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Alright, hey welcome to another creative tip movie. Yahoo! You know, there is such a difference being a spectator and a participant, let me explain. One of my all-time favorite sports is surfing. I absolutely love surfing. Now, I love watching surfing yet even more I love being out in the ocean. There's something about just stepping off of the sand and being out in the ocean and there's experiences that you have that are so different from being a spectator to being a participant like this one experience: a lot of times when you're surfing around here, at least where I live you, see dolphins and one time I was surfing at this one place called Haman's, it's a wonderful wave and the waves were pretty big, like a couple feet overhead, and I dropped into this wave and I'm driving down the line and I see the shadow of this dolphin right in front of me, just about two or 3 feet in front of me and then the wave closed out, which means it broke right in front of me, so I go to kick out of the back and as I kick out of the back, over the top of the wave, this dolphin just launches full body right out of the wave, it was so amazing. You know, there are experiences that you have when you are a participant that you just don't have when you're a spectator. Let's take another story: John Muir. John Muir is someone who has inspired me greatly. In one of his journals he talks about this time when he's out in the Sierra's near Yosemite. He's going to visit a friend and a storm starts to move through, and if you've ever been in the Sierras and you know about Sierra storms, they move in quickly, so he has to make a decision; does he bee-line it to his friend's cabin or does he slow down and experience the storm? So, he decides to slow down and experience the storm. As the storm moves and he decides to climb a tree, so he climbs to the tallest Sequoia tree that he can find and he's holding onto the branches in order to fully experience this storm just kind of pass over this area and in his journals he writes this: "that particular storm was one of the most enjoyable storms I have ever experienced." Now, I don't know about you but when storms come through, for me, I want to get into the cabin where it's warm, sit by the fire with my hot chocolate or whatever it is. I don't necessarily want to engage the storm yet people like John Muir compel or inspire me to become a participant because sometimes things like storms, things that could even potentially not be so good can become fascinating if I decide to take that step, to participate rather than just observe. So, here's my question for you: what are areas in your life that you need to transition from being a spectator to a participant? Now, I don't know what those areas are for you but this is the one thing that I do know: every time when I've transitioned from spectator to participant it's been worth it. Maybe it's something like this, maybe you have gone to a number of photo galleries and you've seen other people's images you've been a spectator in regards to people showing their work. Well, maybe it's time for you to have your own show. Maybe it's time for you to step off of the sand and to put yourself out there and get your work out there, put it together in a collection because so many times what we have are these groups of work that just kind of sit and no one sees them and somehow, by getting them out there and having a show even if it isn't a successful show, we'll learn so much about how we see, about who we are and about the creative process. So here's my encouragement for you in this creative tip movie: transition from spectator to participant. Take a few minutes even now to just write down a few areas of your life. What are areas of my life where I'm just kind of standing on the beach watching everyone else have the fun. What are those areas of my life where I need to step off of the sand and get into the ocean and have some fun? Transition to be a participant.
Alright, well that wraps up this creative tip movie. Goodbye for now and I'll see you in the next one.
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