November is the time for enthusiastic fangirling! Mockingjay pt. 2 marks the bittersweet end of a fantastic adapted series. The end of my Effie Trinket inspired eyeshadow looks. The end of my Hot Topic raids for prime Hunger Games memorabilia...I want to cry a little. After this, I'm not sure if they'll be another series that has resonated with me so deeply...that provokes fun times with friends, as well as thoughtful pondering over our society. So it wouldn't be right if I didn't dedicate this month, even a little, to this masterpiece that Suzanne Collins created.
Literary magic aside, if Katniss hasn't done anything else, she's inspired me to at least consider how I might encounter life with a lions heart. A few years ago I had a ring fashioned into the word "brave" so that I might have a constant tangible reminder of the way I want to live. One of my film faves, Chris Pratt, the cinnamon roll he is, recently visited a children's hospital, arms full of toys, and beautiful advice explaining that at the end of your life, your success won't be measured on how much money you make doing what you love, but in how much of yourself you've shared with the world. I tend to be a fiercely reclusive person, the prospect of bravery exciting me, but self preservation seeming the more comfortable option. And it is comfortable. But when did anyone truly walk bravely ensconcing themselves in comfort? It's scary, but it seems we all have to be willing to look stupid. To risk whatever we're afraid to show the world because this will ultimately bless someone else.
This month I've decided, with bravery being Twining Necklaces' November theme, that I would try for one thing that scares me. All my life I've wanted to be a writer. I've imagined films and novels, and exciting stories that will hopefully move someone else. I started off impassioned, moving in spite of verbal barbs, but then, battered by Graduate School, I retreated into myself truly questioning whether I should even bother. It's been a little while, and writing has been a constant mind scape. With this conveniently being NaNoWriMo, I thought I would challenge myself to write. Specifically to pen a short film by the end of the month and seek out a contest to enter. I've been so afraid of being untalented, of not being the next Pulitzer Prize winning virtuoso...but I've also been really inspired by Chris Pratt to just jump out there and try it, and if it feels dumb or seems silly to others, at least I tried something as opposed to doing nothing.
What are you bravely pursuing this month? Whatever it is, whether it's auditioning for that play you've set your sights on, or composing the business plan for a new shop you've been dreaming of, or you simply want to live Christ and show His love to everyone you meet, you can do this. You were made for this. For such a time as this.
P.S - I'm also currently in Thanksgiving/Christmas superdrive! I'm on a mission to find every cute ugly Christmas sweater I can find, and more specifically this Guardians of the Galaxy edition...yes. Also quirky, folk, singer/songwriter Christmas Music...any recommendations?