Embracing Your Opportunities and Dreams

Last night I had a very vivid dream. A demon had kept this thing in a cage and wouldn’t let it evolve. When I confronted the demon, it retreated, eyes red and scary. Later I would try to fight it, but thanks to something else, I got to see it exorcised. When I looked up the dream and what it meant, it symbolized that I was moving forward in my goals.

Which lined up perfectly with what I was thinking about.

It had been three months since my last interview in Vancouver. When I first arrived, I got a handful of interviews. I didn’t pursue it that much because I have a ton of material in the can, and I had to figure out my way in a new city. (Note: Still do.)

Last weekend I made a conscious decision that I was going to focus on my goals as I moved away from the day job. I’m still there for a bit, but I chose now to no longer be as concerned with it. I have other goals and I needed to start making them the priority.

The moment I made that decision in my mind, things clicked. It was like I told God “Okay, I’m ready to do this.” Ask and you shall receive indeed. I got contacted on twitter from a kickstarter campaign, and a friend asked me for some input on his campaign (who will air this thursday, more below) to help them out, I interviewed them for the podcast.

So I was going to move back Can Con until this coming week, and then I get another opportunity. I got to me three amazing editors for three different magazines and I got to pitch articles to write for them. Adding on top of that, I confirmed two more guests for my podcast down the road, and maybe a start into another prospective career.

Then my sponsor contacted me about another interview with a great company. And even with me getting started, this is one of the biggest of my career. I release the first of the two Kickstarter interviews.

So I was going to release the second episode as episode 338, but this was too good an opportunity. I got a chance to talk to Charles Yu and Marc Anthony Rodriguez. I couldn’t say no to that, and what they are doing at Vox Pop is damn cool. In Part 1 in particular, I learned a ton. Part 2 airs Monday, but you can listen to this one here.

Cool huh? And that wasn’t even the end. I got the opportunity to interview Melissa Mary Duncan, artist and business woman extraordinaire. We had a great chat, and we got to talk about art, and books. Look for that episode in April/May.

Finally, I released more content on my column at First Comics. Here I review the book Mercy. You can read here: https://www.firstcomicsnews.com/just-joshing-mercy/

One shift in focus and suddenly it’s all different. My priorities are closer to what I want. The rest of this month is shifting the rest of the way for me. I made a choice when I came out to Vancouver to change everything. There is even more stuff I’ve done I have not mentioned yet, and won’t until more things come to pass. But I know I’m in the finale of how I did things before.

I dream too big and at this point I’m just going for it.

If you’re reading this, I got a question for you. What about you? What do you want, what do you focus on? Right now I know the world is acting a little crazy. Corona is running rampant. Personally, I feel it’s far less dangerous than advertised. I overheard medical staff at a lunch talk about it here at a restaurant I was eating at. From what they were saying, doesn’t sound so bad, but people are panicking.

I’ve been reading angry posts about elections. I’ve read about job losses (which sucks) and I remember my own feelings in 2008 in Arizona. Chaos is around.

But in adversity there is opportunity. I’ve picked a direction and I believe things can happen and I’m seeing things happening. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but I’m going to keep going for it and seeing where it all leads me. There will be chaos I’m sure, but there is opportunity.

The biggest challenge we have is seeing the good in our bad situations. What we can learn in those moments and where we can go from here. Believing that a path is there, even if we are in the dark about it. That we can survive and move forward whatever is thrown our way.

Maybe that’s bullshit. I don’t know. It’s got me through so far. This is what happened in just a week. Isn’t that cool? Isn’t that magical? I’m going to keep going. Let’s see where it all leads.

Published by jpantalleresco

I write and I wander. I am currently in Canada, tomorrow who is to say? I just released Veritas, my first comic, done with Craig Cermak and Jim Reddington. I currently write columns for http://www.comicbloc.com and http://allpulp.blogspot.com. I have published essays, worked on magazines and movies and am working on my first novel, graphic novels and am planning on committing suicide on my first feature film. I chase my dreams wherever I may go. When I'm not writing I work on a day job and read, play video games and magic and chase girls. Sometimes I even catch them.

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