When I was younger, I used to love to play the game, “if you could live in any era, what era would you live in?” My old self never hesitated, “Medieval times, yo.” Why? Because swords are awesome, a castle is the coolest place you could live, and who wouldn’t want to wear tights and slay dragons?
But then I grew up, I needed a job and being a knight wasn’t in the UCSB career center as an option. Now, three jobs and three “two week notices’” later, I realize this is probably the best period of time to live in.
There has NEVER EVER NEVER EVER been a better time to do EXACTLY what you want in life. There has never been a better time to spread an idea and jump over gatekeepers. There are tools available that were NEVER available to any generation before us. For a writer, there are blogs, Facebook, self publishing and Kindle. For a director, there are youtube, affordable cameras, online platforms and crazy ass editing software. For an entrepreneur, there are a zillion resources online elance.com, kickstarter.org, surveymonkey.com, and the list goes on and on.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming, like seriously, there is no excuse to not pursue what I want to. It’s overwhelming to feel passion rise up inside of you and having a million resources and vehicles to carry you to the finish line. Sometimes it’s even scary, like holy shit, who can I blame if I’m not doing what I want either as a living or on the side? Oh yeah, no one. It’s on me. This is the best period of time to live. This is the period of time where anyone can create anything and find an audience to consume it. I know, I know, it gives me anxiety too. No more excuses.
So yeah, all that being said, I just checked Craigs List for castles. And yes, that dream can come true too.