An amateur Buddhist writes…

Just to let you know…

I’m writing this at 4:13 AM.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

You’ll no doubt get a lot of “2020 was a shitshow”, or “2020 was as good as you wanted to make it” type posts and emails and, while you can argue the case for both of those, the truth is…

… 2020 just WAS.

(I should also warn you – I’ve been reading a book by Pema Chödrön, so if this email comes across a little bit “Buddhisty”, that’s why)

2020 was no different than any other year.

Good stuff happened.

Bad stuff happened.

Granted, if this were a good versus bad MMA fight, it would be like putting Connor MacGregor against your nan.

(No, not your Nan that made Mike Tyson cry… the other one)

Truth is, 2020 was like any other year – there was stuff we could control, and stuff we couldn’t.

For example, I had no control over the fact that all my gigs vanished from my diary in March…

… but, once I’d shat myself, I COULD sit down (after a change of undergarment), take stock of the skills I had, and look at how I could put them to work in a world where everyone was now frantically asking:

“What the hell is Zoom?”

My colleagues in the entertainment and hospitality industry have been some of the most affected by this and, to be honest, it’s hard to see how the entertainment industry will recover after being asked to retrain, but having said that…

One of my best friends in magic had his best month ever in December, performing Zoom magic gigs all around the world.

The best part? No more lonely late-night journeys along Britain’s captivating motorways.

No, whenever he has a gig, he suits up and nips to his shed.

45 minutes later, he’s back at home with his family, in time for Corrie.

Not only that, but he’s also created a product, teaching other magicians how to create and perform “Zoom style” shows.

He’s done more gigs and earned more money, with less time on the road AND he’s created an extra income stream with his online product.

Look, I’m not being blase about this.

As I said, a lot of my friends in magic and entertainment have been badly affected this year.

Also, trust me… when the shit hits the fan, I’m usually the first to play the blame game and come up with excuses, but what use is that?

You can shout at your telly, blaming Boris…

… or drown your sorrows with other “blame-gamers” on Facebook, waiting for your nan to pull her finger out and make Connor tap to her signature “Banana Split” submission…

… but does any of that move you forward?

You got skills, talents, and connections – what are you going to do with ‘em?

You get a ding from your “track and trace” app.

“Great. Now I’ve got to self-isolate for 14 days.”

Or…

“I’ve got to self-isolate for 14 days… great! I’ve got chance to create that course… or write an entire year’s worth of content… or consume 0.000001% of Gary Vaynerchuck’s content.”

Here’s the thing…

2020 was like any other year – 365 days of stuff.

Some of it you could control…

… some of it, not so much.

Don’t spend time labeling it as “good” or “bad”.

(Here comes the Buddhism…)

It just is.

Look for the stuff you can control.

Whatever your goals are for 2021, focusing on the stuff you CAN do will help you achieve them faster and easier than ranting on social media.

(Yeah, I know ranting is FAR more fun, but when you’re racing your Lambo around Shepton Mallet, rushing to meet your new bestie, former Gladiator presenter John Fashanu… it’ll be worth it)

John

P.S. You forgot my birthday yesterday…

It was noted.

Revenge will be sought.

Vengeance will be mine, and you will pay the ultimate price, you heartless beast…

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