As many of you know, I am a contributor for the local late night talk show, The Mystery Hour, as a writer, performer, and all around wife-extraordinaire. My husband Jeff started the show and hosts it, so there are a lot of duties that come into play working along side him in this ever-crazy and expanding "thing" we tape once a month.
One of the duties not-explicitly assigned is to help Jeff host the many guests we have fly in to be interviewed for the show. This is fine by me, because I have gotten to be around some seriously cool people with some seriously cool acting-chops. I've had early-morning eggs with Dot Com from 30 Rock, late-night drinks with Mitch Silpa from Bridesmaids and Spy, and taken bathroom-selfies (its a thing) with Crista Flannigan from Mad Men. This past weekend we had on former ESPN Sports Center anchor, Bram Weinstein, who's story was interesting in its own right, and not so much because of what he has done, but more because of what he is not doing.
After seven years on Sports Center, with good prospects to stick with it another three years and likely be compensated well for his celebrity and expertise, Bram Weinstein left. He didn't have any other gigs lined up and still doesn't have anything nailed-down. When I asked him about what his motivation was for leaving, he simply said he did it because he knew he wanted to pursue other areas of interest, and those other things couldn't happen if he was spending all of his time at Sports Center. Huh. He made no apologies; gave no explanations. He said everyone thought he was crazy to leave a job like that, but he just simply stated he had gotten to do the "big thing," and was ready to do other things, even if it meant uncertainty.
Now I am no stranger to "going after your dreams." In my household its practically a motto-- my husband being a classic (and equally inspiring) case. But Bram's story is a bit different in that he left a BIG job for the prospect of something that hasn't come to fruition, even seven months later. That, to me, is incredibly intriguing, and it left me to consider my own endeavors and how I view my own opportunities for the passions I pursue.
I feel like so many stories are the same, but with different endings. We talk about jobs we wish we could leave but don't have the stability to leave. Or we talk about relationships we know aren't quite right for us, but we stick them out because we're loyal and feel like we should give it our best shot. Sometimes situations scream at us to go the other direction, yet we hold on for dear life because the situation seems so stable, so worthwhile, so important in the eyes of others.
So I ask you--
Are you going after the things in your life that are truly important to you? Are you hovering around a job or hobby or situation or person in life that you should love, but instead you're craving different opportunities? Would you give up certainty if you knew it meant you could focus on something else you are curious about?
My answer would be to look to Bram's story and to other countless stories of admirable people who have taken leaps of faith toward their passions and goals, sometimes not even knowing what is on the other side. There is story there. There is movement there. There is passion and risk and life there. You know I'm talking to myself, of course.
While you're at it, listen to this tiny desk concert with El Vy which starts out with a song that speaks to such things.
"Nothing will ever come to you. Its just what you find around you and what you do. If you don't hold it tight, it'll leave..."