“I do think you have to scare yourself. That’s where your creativity or your growth comes from. Scaring yourself, challenging yourself, taking those risks, and not caring about what anyone thinks.”
-Rita Wilson on the second episode of The Conversation, which is just as good as the first!
I have a very intense love of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s relationship, by the way. I think that if they ever split up, I would actually be really depressed. They’re America’s Mom and Dad.
Pair of boots (thought they were an animal)
Tote bag (thought it was a person)
Neighbor walking by the window (thought he saw me dancing)
Boyfriend showing up outside my door (thought he was a murderer)
Mailman (thought he was a murderer)
Person doing laundry in the basement (thought he/she was a murderer doing laundry)
Unidentified high pitched noise outside (thought it was someone screaming while being murdered)
Lights going out suddenly (thought it was a murderer setting the scene, so he/she could murder me)
The thought that I might never achieve any creative success because I’m paralyzed by fear (or because I’m murdered)
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I totally do this, but not because I am in any way courageous. I’m just scared of everything. Just the act of living is a terrifying adventure to me. Every Friday, I’ll share something that scares me.
I’m afraid of shortening. It looks kind of like butter, but it isn’t butter, and I don’t like food that can’t just be honest with me. If fats were a soap opera, Shortening would be Butter’s evil twin, a slightly paler, softer, slimier version of the real deal that manages to fool everyone long enough to sleep with Butter’s girlfriend and mess everything up. I’m not saying I’m against eating anything made with shortening; if I don’t know it’s there, I’m down for whatever. But in general, I don’t like to look at it and I don’t like to touch it. I plan on learning to make a pie crust this year, and I know I’ll probably use shortening for that, but I’m going to avoid it until I absolutely need it. Keep your freak self away from me, shortening.