I am ridiculously lucky to make a living doing what I do. Yes, there are times I complain. I’m human and I try not to beat myself up too much about that. But the idea that magic has provided me and my family a life is simultaneously astonishing, humbling, and terrifying.
Astonishing because who would have thought I could shape a world out of some cards, coins, and a pocketful of odd items? It’s remarkable where this unusual assortment of tools has taken me and who it has allowed me to connect with. Sometimes I find it bordering on the absurd that I’m still following the passion that I had as a child. I’ll admit it’s taken some unexpected twists and turns but, all things considered, it’s made a pretty fine compass.
Humbling because who would have thought I could shape a world out of some cards, coins, and a pocketful of odd items? In truth, I know it’s not those items - it’s you. The people that have continued to support me along the way. I’ve been able to build a career out of doing something I love and working alongside interesting people. That’s pretty awesome and I am forever grateful for your granting me that ability. I hope I can continue to earn your support and patronage into the future.
Terrifying because who would have thought I could shape a world out of some cards, coins, and a pocketful of odd items? The future is filled with unknown battles and my weapons of choice are those odd little tools and my knowledge of how to use them. That can be a little scary sometimes. Like Roy Scheider heading out to deep waters to take on Jaws – sometimes I feel like a I should have brought a bigger boat. Luckily, everything turned out alright for Roy - so I try to keep a positive outlook.
It’s weird how the same sentiment can conjure up so many different feelings – but indeed it does. Perspective is a funny thing and the capacity to use it is one of the most powerful resources I know. That may seem like a strange thought to end the year on – but it’s been a strange year. So I’m loading up the provisions and soon I’ll be hoisting the anchor. I’m pushing this boat back out to sea and with any luck our paths will cross soon.