Adding to yesterday’s post: An often used quote by Mike Tyson. “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
What happens when the plan goes south?
I have a suggestion. Look around your town to see if you have a local improv group, and see if they give classes. I was lucky enough to take Improv 101 from one of the local groups here (The Pushers—here’s their website) and there is a benefit to incorporating a basic level of improv comedy knowledge into your life. You don’t need to get heavy into games and forms, you only need to know one thing to make your life better.
Those two words are the Holy Grail of improvisation. "Yes, and…” is taking what your partner in a scene gives you, accepting it, and adding value to it.
Now, take out the words “your partner”, and insert “life”. It doesn’t change.
How you take and accept getting punched in the face is often the difference between success and failure. Sounds a bit weird to say how you add value to a black eye, though. You can.
I’m telling you this story, aren’t I? I’m still here, right?