Jay, speaking here! I have been thinking a lot about what people are saying and doing. Also, I am thinking about expectations. AND, ego and lots of things. But, I mainly want to say that I have enjoyed this time inside this tiny Studio in Paris. I have been working a lot on myself and my self-taping. As a result, I have been called “narcissistic” and “delusional” and probably other things. Well, I am now trying to bloom where I have been planted. And, trying to find ways to do that. I am working hard to get beyond my ego because “Ego is the Enemy.” And, people’s expectations are unrealistic (I think). There is NO WAY POSSIBLE to please everyone who has an opinion these days. And, what we are going through is nothing compared to a LOT of people.
Where am I going with this? Remember, we are in the middle of the biggest angst, game changer any of us has ever known because it is worldwide and unpredictable. An enemy we can’t see. Everyone is crisis. Which brings me to something that I want to point out. I have lived longer than a lot of you. And, I sorta “have a clue”. But I doubt a lot of you do. So, take a moment to get a small amount of perspective.
Daddy and Mother were born in 1902. On their 12th birthday, World War I started, and ended when they were 16. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hit the planet and ran until their 18th birthday. On their 27th birthday, the Great Depression began. Unemployment hit 25%, the World GDP dropped 27%. That ran until they were married and ages 31 with a little girl (Patricia Ann Jewell). The country nearly collapsed along with the world economy. When they turned 37, they had three little girls (Patricia, Barbara, and Janet), and World War II started. They weren’t even over the hill yet. On their 39th birthday, the United States was fully pulled into WWII until they were 43. At 48, the Korean War started. At 53, the Vietnam War began. When they were 60, the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened to end life on the planet as they knew it. When they turned 73, the Vietnam War finally ended.
Perspective is amazing. Yes, we are in a challenging time nowadays. Try to remember everything that those born in 1902 endured and accomplished, and have faith that we will endure as well. Let’s be smart, and help each other out – we will get through all of this. MEET DADDY. MEET MOTHER.
(NO PERFORMANCE TODAY. JUST SOME THOUGHTS DURING INTERMISSION)
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Thanks for helping me afford a bit of Paris. I will do my best!