It became part of my life philosophy. I am afraid to lose, like everybody else I presume, so I avoid situations in which I could lose. By doing that I’m also avoiding situations in which I could win.
When doing something uncomfortable, even when I lose, I get experience. When I lose by not doing I’m truly losing. I have this among my favorite quotes:
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
— Neale Donald Walsch
Today, I went completely out of my comfort zone. I was walking downtown Buenos Aires when I noticed a guy with two telescopes, both fixed with tape, both used a lot, with the following poster: “Watch the Moon for $1, two for $1.5.”
I watched the Moon, my wife watched it and then I did it. I waited for a lot of people to go by and I shouted: “Do you want to watch the Moon? I’m paying! Do you want to watch the Moon? I’m paying!”
Adults were kind of avoiding me, but kids were curious so I redirected my attention to them. “Hey, kid, do you want to watch the Moon?”. He nodded, so I directed him to the telescope. I noticed other families with kids watching nearby. “Come on!” I shouted to them signaling them to come. And they did.
There were 5 kids I was paying for. While they were watching a of new people formed to watch the Moon and pay for it by themselves. Suddenly the Moon was cool. One of the parents said to me “Thank you”. I left feeling two meters tall and made of steel. I was superman. This time I won, I kicked ass!
The SciFi channels changes its name to Syfy to be able to attract people that don’t like science fiction, pissing off scifi fans. Then they cancel good shows and keep crappy ones. Recently they’ve cancelled Stargate Universe and people is all pissed about it. Meanwhile Star Trek, once a magnificent series, is rebooted into a dumb lens flare designed to make money out of idiots.
SciFi fans, it’s clear mainstream media no longer cares about you and as time goes on they’ll care less and less. I’m not sure why, I have a couple of hypothesis but that’s not important. What’s important is what you are going to do about it. First, you’ll have to make a sacrifice, you’ll have to forget about Star Trek, Stargate, Babylon 5 and all those great franchises. They have owners and the owners are saying “screw you!”.
The future is independent media, even user generated content. There’s no much of it yet, but it’s growing and it requires your support. For example, Pioneer One is an independent series released straight to BitTorrent. Have you donated to it already? It might not be exactly what you want, but if it succeeds it’ll send a clear message that it’s possible and maybe someone else will create what you want. You don’t have any money? Cancel your cable TV and use that extra 50$ or so per month to donate to Pioneer One or the next interesting thing.
Meanwhile technology is getting better and better and creating great content is getting easier, just look at this beautiful short:
As people get the ability to tell any story they want, instead of the sceptic, bland, non-challenging and generic stories Hollywood tells we’ll get much more interesting and fascinating tells. The future is going to be awesome but we may need to push, to band together and collaborate, to have it sooner.