When asked about Sarah Palin in an interview with John McCain’s chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, he described Palin as “very calm — nonplussed” after McCain met with her just before putting her on the Republican ticket. Schmidt said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming “one of the most famous people in the world.” He quoted her as saying, “It’s God’s plan.”
This makes me think two things. 1) she really does have amazing hair and 2) if only I had her confidence.
After discussing this with my friend, Amish Girl, she and I both decided that for one day we would both act “as if” and believe for those 24-hours that we are living God’s plan.
Both of us being writers, we suffer regular bouts of self-doubt, rueful perfectionism, self-loathing and abashed competitiveness, aka, the artist’s curse. Pre-bomb, or in the antenucleum America, a quick check-in with Amish Girl on a “down” day and she could successfully encourage me to find the silver lining, stay positive and believe in my talent. But with a radioactive economy, it’s getting more and more difficult. On Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 however, things will be different. We’re calling the experiment GOING ROGUE. Here’s what we’re going to do.
On this day, we will meditate. We will exercise. We will look in the mirror and smile at what we see. God will send us divine inspiration and we will write our screenplays with confidence, refraining from second-guessing that plot point or act break, knowing that whatever dialogue we create is certainly God’s plan. In fact, this whole thing is really intriguing me, almost the way eating savory and sweet together sounds so mysterious and decadent. GOING ROGUE DAY will be my chocolate-covered potato chip or peanut butter stuffed pretzel. I’m salivating. I can’t wait.
Anyone else want to GO ROGUE with us? It’s just for a day. And who knows? You too might just be named candidate for Vice President*.
I’ll blog throughout the day Wednesday and would love to hear from you if you’re ROGUING it too.
*At this point, I don’t know God or his/her plans, so I can’t be held responsible if you’re not appointed a Vice Presidential candidate.