The Non-Traveler Travels

In every movie you can find the principle of antagonism. There will always be something in the way of the main characters great desire.

James for many years played the antagonist. When I would talk about future goals he would be the one to ask the questions of, “how…why…but what about-” and so on. I had to come up with answers on the spot often leaving me feel warn out. The fragile thing about dreaming is that you don’t have all the answers at once, you figure it out day by day.  I started to hide my dreams from him and told him as they happened, “By the way, I’m going to London next week.”

I soon realized he didn’t know how to dream. Those questions he was asking me, he was really asking himself. What I came to find out from reading, The Story by Robert McKee, James reached Negation of the Negation – the protagonist is it’s own antagonist. “When we lie to ourselves and believe it, truth vanishes and we’re at the Negation of the Negation.”

The truth is that anything is possible and the lie is dreaming is a waste of time. James sat back and witnessed me not only live my dreams of travel but saw it made me a better person to reach my goals. I knew James needed a friend like me.

Though the years of our friendship he started to ask questions how to travel. My advice, “The hardest part is buying your ticket to go.”

A few months ago he text me about a movie he had seen called, The Way. Its about a father finishing up his sons journey on the Camino de Santiago and goes on a great pilgrimage. James asked if I wanted to go, I told him I couldn’t. He said he was thinking about taking a leave of absence at his full time job as a maintenance worker to travel to Spain.  I didn’t say if he should do it or not, I didn’t want to influence this important decision, but it was too late, he had been watching my life closely for the past five years.

He took the leave of absence, left the part time job at church and is now in Spain doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I don’t know how different he will come back, but I know his life will forever be changed. He discovered the power of dreaming.

Audio: Interview with Seanloui (A Busy Creative)

Seanloui is always up to something creative. He loves helping others and is full of ideas.

I recently went to Long Beach for a visit and had the opportunity to interview him. Here is our conversation. He had some great advice about dreaming and doing. Hope you enjoy our talk.


Climbing the Mountain Cover

A few weeks ago I was at Forever 21 shopping and a song that I’d never heard of starting playing. I was taken by the lyrics and stood in the middle of the store listening.

“I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high..”

What powerful words. I totally related with the lyrics, each dream of mine has felt so large and impossible. I began to think of my friend Erica. She is one of the young girls at church who has this amazing voice, I pictured her singing it. From the first moment I heard her sing, I thought, “She is going to sing to the nations.”

The next part of the song says,

“There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb.”

This song was perfect for her, I saw her singing these words in an open field. A few days after I heard this song, we had dinner together. She shared some of her dreams with me and I was excited to hear that she was dreaming big for her life. After dinner I gave her a CD with this Miley Cyrus – The Climb song on it and told her, “This made me think of you, maybe you can sing it and Ill record you.” She later text me later and told me how much she loved the song and that would love to do a cover.

Well, here is the idea brought to life. I filmed with my Canon 7D and a 70-200mm lens. I wanted to keep it raw and simple. Erica did an amazing job. A big thank you to my friend Steve Hernandez for fixing my audio.