A few weeks ago I went to Los Angeles for a puppet show.
You might be thinking, that’s a long way to go for a puppet show… And you’d be right (2057 kilometers is a long way to go for your average puppet show).
But this was not your average puppet show! This was a puppet show put on by legendary puppeteer, director, and producer, Brian Henson, who happens to be the son of legendary puppeteer, screenwriter, director and inventor, Jim Henson.
When I saw an advertisement for the puppet show, I knew – with every fibre of my being – that I needed to see that puppet show with my own two eye balls, and if I didn’t… I would regret it every minute of every hour of every day, for the rest of my life.
I’d be lying on my death bed (hopefully a Sealy Posturpedic), and I’d be gritting my teeth, clenching my fists, gnashing my teeth, all the while lamenting that singular decision… To buy, or not to buy.
According to a study in Psychology Today, “regret can have damaging effects on mind and body when it turns into fruitless rumination and self-blame that keeps people from re-engaging with life. […] Other research […] shows regret can result in chronic stress, negatively affecting hormonal and immune system functioning. Regret impedes the ability to recover from stressful life events by extending their emotional reach for months, years, or lifetimes.”
So, obviously, I had to buy tickets for the puppet show.
(I mean, who has time for all that fruitless rumination?)
A week later, I travelled the 2057 kilometers by plane, rented a car, and drove to The Henson Studios.
And it was the second best day of my life**.
If I can impart any wisdom to you, let it be this:
Sometimes you just need to be crazy.
Sometimes you’ll think of some crazy thing that you kinda want to do, and then you’ll be like nahhhhh, but you should just say, yahhhhh.
Sometimes you just need to take a giant leap (for mankind, or womankind, or yourself) into the unknown.
Sometimes you just need to live your best life. @Oprah
Sometimes you need to have a “Summer of George”.
Sometimes you just need to get off your high horse (or low horse, or whatever it is that you’re sitting on) and stop what you are doing, and do the thing that you’re thinking about doing.
Sometimes you just need to do the thing (whatever the thing is), and ask questions later.