The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.
Is it that they are born again
And we grow old?
No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.
Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.
“Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit.”
I need to confess that I’m a “bit” of a nerd. I guess I always have been – most who’ve known me for any decent amount of time would pick up on that 🙂 Although I’m more public about my affection for all things Doctor Who, so it’s a little easier to pick up on now.
In the last few years I’ve become a little fascinated with the phenomenon that is Comic-Con. More specifically San Diego Comic-Con. It’s incredible. Over 100,000 fans of everything I love (and many things I don’t) descend on San Diego in full cos-play for a celebration of all the things they love. I don’t think I’ll ever go – I’m most definitely NOT a fan of crowds – but I’m quite content to observe it via YouTube and Tumblr.
There is a hidden gem at SDCC that I had a glimpse of last year, and looked much closer at this year.
That gem is Zachary Levi’s NERD HQ.
Nerd HQ is the Comic-Con presence of “The Nerd Machine“.
Part of what happens at Nerd HQ is intimate Q&A’s with some of the favourite (& VERY popular) stars at SDCC. And when I say intimate, I mean intimate – the room where Nerd HQ is held holds about 300 guests. Money raised from the purchase of the tickets goes toward Operation Smile, a charity that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft palates.
The reason for all this preamble is that over the few weeks since SDCC, I have watched a few of the videos from these conversations. They’re all up, in full, on the Nerd Machine YouTube channel. I highly recommend watching these if you have some time on your hands (most run at just over an hour).
Tonight I watched two of these conversations – the first was Zachary Levi (the founder of The Nerd Machine), and the second was with Tom Hiddleston (who I simply CANNOT wait to see in Coriolanus next year!).
These conversations are essentially Q&A’s, with a bit of conversation thrown in. And, they can be surprisingly insightful.
Ok. I’m rambling now – guess that’s what happens when you decide to write a blog post at 1:30am when you’re half asleep.
So. Back to my original point.
One of the audience members (for want of a better term), asked Tom Hiddleston how he kept so positive. His response was a French quote that he translated as:
“You have two lives. The second begins when you realise you only have one”
My pastor has a saying that constantly rings in my head:
“Be present where you are present”
Basically – make the most of the moment you’re in. Don’t be wishing you were somewhere else.
Tom referred to the sad times, to disappointments as “clouds that block the sun”. The sun is still shining, and the cloud is transient. It won’t last forever.
Now. The title I have this post was in reference to us all being stories. I was going to try and explain what I mean by that – and perhaps I’ll give that a go soon – but I’m going to link to a post over at The Nerd Machine, because its explained more coherently than I could wish to be at the moment!!