There is nothing there.
Looking for too much meaning in your actions can lead to inaction. Not everything you do needs to be part of your “grand scheme”, just do it. We are here to act.
On one YouTube channel, a senior comedian was giving advice to a junior comedian.
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N: I feel like there’s something we’ve left undone as a comedy duo, but what are we going to do? And I’ve been thinking about it. But I don’t know what it is, this feeling of wanting to do something. What is it?
K: There’s nothing there, there. I don’t think there’s anything there.
N: What do you mean?
K: Take things lightly. Treat it like it’s nothing. It’s just that you spend every day, you work hard, you do your best, and one day it will end. Will it be a big hit, a small hit, or will it end in calm? It’s just that. Then it’s just whether you want to do it or not. If you think about profit and loss, you won’t take a step forward, I think.
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“What is the purpose of doing it?” The soon-to-be 40-year-old comedian needed to have a purpose, and he was probably stuck in a situation where he just kind of wanted to do something meaningful. I know this because I used to think the same way as he did when my head was full of business. But at some point, I realized that I just had to follow my heart. It’s a just-do state of mind.
“What would I do to create a new world?” was the theme of the 20-minute session. The client was a piano teacher and a classical music specialist. So I suggested opening a new world.
”Why don’t you try a medley of non-classical genres on Zoom?” I suggested. I thought it might be an unusual suggestion, as I’ve hardly ever seen a classical musician trying another genre, as long as I know. But this is a 1D1U community where we can try anything. Then the client seemed to want to meet her new self.
Into the unknown was opened, but there seemed to be a conflict as well.
Her comments are as follows.
“I experienced a different kind of tension when performing classical pieces in front of an audience. I wanted to try a different kind of performance but worried for a few days about whether I should do more preparation. I decided to do it, but in the beginning, I had a bit of a hard time deciding on the theme, the order of the songs, etc., because I had an ego-like feeling inside me that I wanted to do well and didn’t want to play badly. However, after that, when I started thinking only about the performance, it became more interesting and I experienced a change that opened up my inner world. There are parts where I wish I could have brought more fun into my playing, so that’s something I’ll have to work on next time.”
“What are you going to do with it?” Does it make sense?” Instead of following the voice of the ego, follow the voice of your heart. There is nothing there. That’s all there is. If you want to do It, let’s do it.