I have more to say about Tom Hanks, beyond his resemblance to my husband.
Hanks is prolific and has a broad range. I admire those qualities, aspire to them. “Broad range” feels natural for me, but abundant production does not.
I doubt you would read a close friend’s early efforts and, in his or her presence, roll your eyes and snicker. I doubt you would pantomime sticking your finger down your throat. I think you would say something along the lines of, “Good for you. We can work out some of the problems later, but for now, full steam ahead!”From Bird by Bird.
I keep a Pinterest pin board of motivational quotes. Here’s one that resonates with me in this moment:
If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.
Tom Hanks is also a motivating thought for me. I like to recall his bad beginnings and draw inspiration from his will to keep going. If you are familiar with early 80s TV, you know what I am talking about.
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Hanks’ first regular TV gig was as Buffy in Bosom Buddies. Man, that show was bad. With my nerdly early teen social life, I had low standards for televised companionship, and even I could tell BB was bad.
But he didn’t give up. And neither will I. Full steam ahead!
p.s. I love writing my blog, because unlike academic writing, I can conceive and “publish” a piece in a short time span. It gives me a sense of movement and progress.