by Skip Cohen
Well, it's a typical Sunday morning; the house is filled with music, the pups are coming in and out of my office, Sheila's in her home office, and I'm chasing ideas for a blog post. I love Sunday posts because you've allowed me to run with whatever's on my mind.
I woke up and found myself lying in bed, feeling very reflective about my life. I keep looking at how I got here - not just my career, but living in Florida, living with a wonderful partner, two knucklehead pups, and a pretty remarkable life. Of course, it's not without stress, challenges, the horrible communications with your partner that every couple experiences now and then - but it's a great life.
What amazes me is how I forget those times when things seemed hopeless and how everything worked out for the better. It's that old line about as one door closes, another opens. That's been the story of my life and my career. So many times when things seemed the bleakest, even standing in the unemployment line after the Internet collapsed in 2001 - another door opened.
The past almost two years have been tough for everybody, yet somehow so many of you have grown as artists, business owners, and simply members of your community.
So, here's my bottom line - if whatever you're doing right now seems like an uphill climb and at times almost hopeless - don't lose sight of your ability to find another "door" to walk through. Don't lose sight of your skillset and passion for the craft. And especially don't forget one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes:
Today you are you,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer that You!
And for those of you stuck in looking back at the good old days - it's great to look back, but we can't go back! So, if you're like me, missing good friends, HATING Zoom, tired of Facetime and Skype, and just wanting to be together with other members of this industry that I love dearly, there's a new year, right around the corner, and it's destined to be amazing!
Stop looking in your rearview mirror and just focus on what's coming up, and to hit Dr. Seuss one more time:
Sometimes you will never
know the value of a
moment until it becomes a memory!
Wishing everybody a day with time to be a little reflective. Don't waste too much time analyzing your journey; just appreciate the people who came into your life because of it. Take the time to smile about all the good times and trust more of them are around the corner. Go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs I always write about with the people most important in your life - because they're the ones next to you your next chapter!
Happy Sunday - make it the best one yet!
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