Day One of Inspiration Week!
As promised on Friday, I’m trying to shake this up a bit, and this week, I’m going to be looking at little internal motivators — things you use to help keep yourself on track.
I thought one good way might be to look at a short saying a day; something I use for myself, or that people I know use to get themselves or keep themselves on track.
We’ve covered “Kill the bear!” before (don’t kill bears). So that’s done.
Inspiration from my favourite movie of all time
A lot of my earlier favourite things have passed with time. Two decades ago, I would have told you my favourite band was Skinny Puppy. My favourite food was lasagna. My favourite place was New York City. All of those things have changed.
But my favourite movie of all time has steadfastly remained the pure distillation of ’80s alt-pop genius: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension.
For too many reasons to get into here. And not for the watermelon.
But one of the reasons is the the movie is, in many odd ways, kind. That’s not one of the things I loved about it as a kid, but that’s one of the things I love about it now. It’s a movie about kindness, in a lot of weird ways: extending compassion and camaraderie.
My go-to inspiration from Buckaroo
And one of the moments that sticks with me, that I actually to turn to from time to time, happens at the mid-point of the movie. Buckaroo, a dimension-hopping genius neosurgeon physicist adventurer, is also naturally a rock star. He looks great.
He’s playing a club when he sees a woman crying. The crowd is not having it. And Buckaroo spakes thusly:
Hey, hey, hey. I know. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean. ‘Cause remember… no matter where you go, there you are.
“No matter where you go, there you are” is kind of the bumper sticker there. I’ve gotten it printed on things, it’s engraved on my iPad, if I ever get another tattoo, that might be it.
But the “Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean.” is getting to be a bigger part of it too.
It’s an oddly comforting, kind of ur-Buddhist, statement. It seems to have no confirmed antecedent before Buckaroo. I choose to believe Earl Mac Rauch made it up; or, even better, it was whispered into his ear from somewhere across the 8th dimension.
No matter where you go, there you are.
I need to start digging — I haven’t done my homework for the week, and I’m looking forward to exploring some of these as we move on.