Monday, March 23, 2009
So, I was at a Christian bookstore outlet with some family members this past weekend. I'm not really one to frequent my local Christian bookstore, but my sister-in-law had a gift card to use, so I scanned the bookshelves and glanced through the music section. Then, I found this book called "Twentysomething" by Margaret Feinberg. The subtitle read, "surviving and thriving in the real world." I was interested because my sister Suzanne is thinking about writing a book about this topic. I flipped the book over and read the brief synopsis on the back cover... my eyes widened in disbelief. From the sound of it, this book talks about me and my life right now! I bought it and haven't been able to put it down. So far, I've officially recognized that I am experiencing what's called a quarterlife crisis. It sounds intense, but... well, it kind of is. I guess more and more twenty-something-year-olds are experiencing this quarterlife crisis - realizing that life isn't that American dream, in fact, it's really hard work - nonstop hard work without many quick rewards; a mental adjustment to say the least. Here I was thinking I was uncharacteristically depressed all the time for no clear reason - thanks to this book, Margaret has taken all my jumbled thoughts and frustrations and put them on paper. There have been a few places where I just want to laugh out loud because it's almost as if I'm reading one of my own journal entries! Really, it's uncanny! Anyway, all that to say that this book resonates with me and what my life is like right now. I'm comforted to know I'm not alone in this season of life.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Confession: I've been living vicariously through my little sister. She landed the leading role in Grays Harbor's spring musical production - Thoroughly Modern Millie. She's absolutely incredible! I'm SO proud of her. It's definitely the role of a lifetime and I'm just so happy for her.
It also makes me want to get back on stage myself. I grew up doing musical theater, but then I got busy with college and then eventually got roped into working on the other side of the process. Don't get me wrong - I've really enjoyed the privilege of directing and choreographing numerous musical productions. The experience has been priceless; having the opportunity to work with so many skillful performers has been life changing. But, it's like that prize that I never get... in fact, (as a director/choreographer) I just sit there watching all the performers get it. I share in the excitement of opening night, or a full house, or a really responsive crowd... but from a different perspective. I'm at a point where I really want to trade my director's chair in for spot on stage!
A girl can dream, right? Until those dreams miraculously come true, I'll continue to be my sisters biggest fan in all of her successful theatrical endeavors. Thoroughly Modern Millie closes this Sunday and tickets are going fast - buy your tickets now at ghc.edu/bishop