I have a new project in my life: I’m developing a TV series and writing a script for the pilot episode.
It’s fun. SO SO SO SO SO SO FUN! You might say I’m in the multipotentialite honeymoon period right now.
I’ve wanted to do this for years. It’s a goal that hasn’t always been at the front of my mind, but I’ve always felt that one day I would “develop the next My So-Called Life,” whatever that means.
I don’t even care if my idea ever gets turned into an actual show. (Well that’s not true. I would obviously be STOKED if my show got made and I could inspire teenager girls and help them feel more understood, the way certain shows did for me.) But for now, I’m doing this for fun, and to show myself that I can.
The funny thing is I always thought writing an original pilot would be a long, cumbersome project but it’s taken me just a few weeks to get the first draft done.
A couple months back I was going through a bit of a slump. I was feeling a little down, anxious, and uninspired. On a whim, I decided to google “television writing online course” and found a screenwriting course at Coursera. I saw that it was project-oriented: by the end of the 5 weeks, you will have a finished pilot script and series bible. Really? Okay!
The timeline seemed a little nuts but I impulsively enrolled. It was free so it wasn’t a huge commitment but I knew that it would be so easy for me to not do the assignments and to just let it slide. I decided that I was really going to commit to doing this. I could handle 5 weeks. And, if you’re wondering, I didn’t tell anyone about my new project until I had already written several scenes.
I’m not an impulsive person. If anything, I tend to overthink. But sometimes, NOT thinking and just jumping into a project or adventure is the absolute best thing you can do.
Thinking can give you time to unpack all of the reasons you shouldn’t try something. Thinking can also make a project seem much harder than it actually is.
Impulsiveness when making big decisions
Around this time last year, my wife and I “impulsively” moved to Canada. We literally made the decision and then six weeks later were on the road. It happened really fast, but we just knew it was the right decision for us and we didn’t see any point in dawdling. (Valerie and I are both Aries and INFJs. Maybe that explains part of it?)
I’m not saying that you should always act impulsively. If you’re thinking about quitting your job, you definitely want to think through the consequences. Any decisions that might negatively impact the people around you should probably be considered at length.
Impulsive decision making isn’t something we want to do all the time or even the majority of the time, but sometimes listening to your heart and taking a leap of faith really is the best course of action. This is particularly true if the stakes are low, as with a new hobby or creative project, and the decision feels right on an intuitive level.
Aaaaand to bring us full circle (and to get a little nerdy here), let’s not forget how Felicity Porter followed her crush Ben across the country because he wrote a nice note in her yearbook! But actually, the real reason she impulsively changed her college plans was that she needed independence and autonomy. Moving to New York for college was the best decision Felicity could have made even though she made it on a total whim.
Ahem. Anyway… Let’s move on to the discussion part. ;)
Have you ever made an impulsive decision (big or small) that ended up being the absolute right call? I would love to hear your story in the comments.