Guy Maddin's Diaries
Okay, I admit--I'm fascinated by self-help books.
Especially those that provide sage advice about being disciplined, managing your time well, not practicing "avoidance", and "conquering procrastination".
Poet/actress Lisa Jarnot's blog offers an inspiring tool to apply to your daily life, the Vision Statement. I eat this stuff up like cake.
So, naturally, I love reading people's personal journals, especially those that contain wallowing confessions and passionate self-exhortations.
Like Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's diaries, and the "Gatsby" list of his personal life:
- Physically unfit.
- Chronically depressed.
- Spinelessly incapable of refusing to perform unpleasant favours.
- Don't read enough.
- Don't have many real (or fake) friends.
- Never create genuine laughter or happiness in others; complain about others too much.
- Never busy enough.
- Have no financial security long- or short-term.
- Am simply not living my life (to be continued).
- Crummy son, father, husband.
And his things to do in response to the "Gatsby" list:
- Work hard, be thoughtful, generate activity; loneliness should disappear.
- Eat properly, cycle, walk.
- Be adult about responsbilities; donate $1000 to Winnipeg Film Group.
- If I address all other points, perhaps depression will disappear.
- You know what to do.
- Read more.
- You've worn out your personal mythologies. There are other people who might be interesting who didn't happen to spend L'Age d'Or with you.
- Take that hornet's nest of your butt.
- When you find a couch growing out of your side, take note. When paralyzed with ennui, you can always scrawl something in the therapeutic journal-thing. Use still or video camera more.
- Perhaps it would be nice to live above month-to-month subsistence. You must learn to be more thick-skinned about the film business and treat it as a source of income. Work harder to wedge other jobs into long stretches of downtime. Write for a magazine. Keep an eye open for a real job.
- GET OUT--LIVE--WORK!
- Be better.