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Etonne moi! [Jul. 7th, 2018|09:12 am]
Tony Grist
There are scripts for everything in life. How to be male, how to be female, how to be young, how to be old, how to be black, how to be white, how to be British, how to succeed in business...

I can't say I've had a particularly adventurous life, but I like to think I've done a fair bit of improvisation. It occurs to me that my reluctance to stick to scripts is what fuels my recurrent anxiety dreams about being on stage and not knowing my lines and standing at the business end of a church and not being able to find the right place in the prayer book.

At 67 I find myself glancing around and thinking, now what is the script for being this age? Where are my role models? What is expected of me? Do I dare to eat a peach?

My grandfather joined a bowls club. Now that's one trap I have no intention of falling into.

When Diaghilev hired Jean Cocteau to work on his ballets, Cocteau asked him what exactly was expected of him. "Come on Serge; give me a job description," And Diaghilev said, "Astonish me!"

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-07-07 11:17 am (UTC)
I'll guess it might become a little difficult if different scripts are supposed to kick in sooner than their role description actually is the case? I mean, if you fulfill the basic characteristic for it sooner than reaching all the features it requires.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-07-07 11:20 am (UTC)

Improvisation is an art and if you have improvised you have also created a work of art. Bravo!
It's hard to look back on my own 66 years of life as it's difficult to be objective about one's own doings but I don't think it went too badly and I can say that I am happy to he where I am and  exceedingly happy with whom I share space and just very happy in general. We all have ups and downs but it's the general tenor of life that matters.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-07 11:54 am (UTC)
Whatever we do- good or bad- it's all experience.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-07-07 02:02 pm (UTC)
Very very true.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-07-08 12:40 am (UTC)
I tend not to follow any script.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-08 07:38 am (UTC)
It's the best way- though not the smoothest.
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