Sometimes we hear things like proverbs or other quotes and think, “yeah, that is totally true,” without fully understanding the impact of its true meaning. Then sometimes, you hear something that you’ve heard a million times but this time you get it; like you really get it and your life is changed forever. I’ve had this happen a couple times in the past few years (I guess with age comes understanding). This week it happened and that’s what I’m stealing for this post.
When you are working on a play, tech week is always long and hard (even when everything is going great!). It is just really long hours with a lot to do, so it is often difficult to find time to pee, let alone take 15 minutes to eat. This past week, we went into tech for La Ronde at Soulpepper which means everything else in life is on hold until we open. Due to my lack of foresight (or my belief that I am a robot that doesn’t need sleep), this was also the same week that Empty Boxes started rehearsals. My rationale was that Empty Boxes wouldn’t affect me because I don’t need to be at rehearsals; little did I know the emotional strain you suffer as a writer knowing that somewhere people are analyzing your words, saying them repeatedly and trying to figure out why you ever put them on the page. As well, having actors and a director actually rehearsing your work means that your work will be in front of an audience shortly, then those people will pass judgment on whether this work of art that you’ve so painstakingly created is of any value. Standby freak-out! Freak-out GO! (As you can see, I’ve got tech brain.)
It was while stressing that I came across the proverb: This too shall pass. A lightbulb went on. I got it. I mean I really got it. I finally understood the essential beauty and power of the phrase and it quickly entered my phone as a daily reminder.