05 April 2014

Never be afraid to ask...

When I saw this graphic and read the text, I was like "oh man, this is what I've always said!" Ahaha I've always had this issue with following traditions just because. I mean the more I see, the more I grow and the more I experience, the more I question how many people actually do the things they do because it's the right thing or it's the done thing.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I still encourage kids to have faith in their parents instructions like "eat your broccoli" even though this action makes no sense. I mean if I don't like something, it's my body rejecting it because it's not good for me right? Then why eat it!? But I guess what I believe in is basically asking for an explanation of why something is done. If the answer is "just because", then you know there is something fishy going on and chances are the person giving instructions him/herself doesn't even really know why, but feels that clearly if it's been done for so long, it can't be wrong.

I guess what I'm essentially saying is ultimately, whatever you do is your choice. You can do it blindly, or you can do it wisely. At the same time, there are many, many moments in life where you have to embrace the fact that you don't know why you're doing it, but just go ahead with faith that you're in the right direction.

And this brings me to a video about improv comedy that was shared with my by a follow comedian:

Ever since I've been trying out improv with our Chinese group (which has proven to be much harder than I expected since the language itself already causes so many problems in translating games!), I've come to realize it's such bizarre thing where "yes and..." is encouraged in improv where you take what your partner gives you and accept it, but then add value to it. However in real life, not everything you're given should be blindly accepted but often challenged to see if it's worth digesting.

The more I do comedy, improv and generally live, the more I realize it's not so much about our experiences and opportunities around us that shape us, it's how we absorb/ignore these items that do. So much like Bruce Lee said (yes I quote him a lot):

It's not the daily increase, but the daily decrease.

So hack away everyone!