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Why This Post Is A Blank Page

This Possums post’s beautifully powerful idea is best read in a quiet moment. It contains life changing potential. But it needs reflection. Ready? Here’s that idea.

I never was a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. Recently I have come to better appreciate his genius and insight. No more so than this snippet of video I saw of his one-man stage show that’s just kicked off on Broadway. It completely floored me, this idea. Here are Bruce’s words:

“The world you’ve gotten used to, that you love and that you hate.
And your life laying before you, like a blank page.
It is THE one thing I miss about getting older…….

…. “The beauty of that blank page.”

My life today contains very few blank pages. Just too many responsibilities, commitments, expectations, duty, obligation. It’s hard to see the possibilities, or to have moments of freedom. You too?

Not that I am complaining. I’m not. I feel so fortunate for all I have, to love and be loved, and to have the opportunity to live the ‘crowded hour’ in my little corner of my little world.

But Bruce’s insight did stop me. The beauty of that blank page.

One of my very few regrets in life so far is that I have never travelled without knowing when I was leaving. I never did the backpacker thing. ‘Oh nice beach…I’ll stay a week, or maybe two.’ That to me is the classic ‘blank page.’

We all need ‘blank page’ moments in our lives, particularly as we get busier, older, and stuff just gets more complex. It’s the opportunity to imagine. To flirt with fantasy. To dream. And then, to give it a go. Even in little steps.

I’ve made a start by thinking of certain moments in my schedule as ‘mini blank pages.’

When I jog (I was going to write ‘run’ but given my pace, jog is a better word). Every jog provides a canvas for imagination. It’s a blank page where I can chose to devote my imaginative energies to freedom and fantasy.

When I visit Melbourne. I block out three hours for me. The Siglio Bar. A steak. Italian red wine. A note book. Sharp pencil. Imagination. And scribbling.

When I sit down to write Possums. Yes, literally a blank page. But figuratively too, because the hour I write is an hour of total escape and indulgence in a thought or a feeling inside me. And it always helps me to grow a little.

It’s fun to think about blank pages. If I had a blank page right now, where would I live? What would I do every day? What would I study? What career would I follow? Who would I spend my time with? What would I do for the next five years?

If we can spend more time imagining blank page decisions and direction, we can perhaps start to weave some of those deeply personal insights into our realities, and our every days.

I’m not sure if this makes any sense at all. It does to me. Basically, I want my cake, and to eat it. I want my life. But I so badly want that blank page too. Or at least to have an on-going affair with it.

What would you fill your blank page with right now?

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13 Responses to Why This Post Is A Blank Page

  1. Jaqui Lane October 25, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    Blank pages are great, the art is to create the space. My walks in the park are that, so are my monthly hikes around some of the amazing walks within an hour of Sydney. And, as a writer, I need to clear the ‘headspace’ to allow creativity the space to exist. The blank space also requires being comfortable one your own, in your own space. Thanks for the reminder Chris

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      Thanks Jaqui- agree

  2. Jeanie October 25, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks Chris – a fantastic reminder not to overlook the little moments that make life great!

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      Thanks Jeanie

  3. Liz Whiteway October 25, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Beautiful. A noteworthy possum moment, Chris. Blank pages bring surprise and delight, and joy in who you are.

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      Thanks Liz- hope all is well with you. Chris

  4. Cecelia Haddad October 25, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Good one, Chris. Might need a weekly reminder for this one amongst the chaos of life.

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Thanks Cecelia

  5. Richard Burrage October 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    White paint 🙂

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Richard- explain? I am a dimwitted old PR guy….more info please! Chris

  6. Deanne Tindale October 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Chris – love this. I too yearn for the “nice beach I’ll stay a week” dream that I somehow missed 30years ago. Now it’s a race to set up retirement so that the blank pages are full of joy and wonder and not fear about how to fund them. I’m pinching your idea of mini blank pages – very nice thankyou. Cheers Deanne

    • Chris Savage October 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Thanks Deanne- true!

  7. Wendy Cole October 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Beautiful!

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