Ah, the days of doors that couldn’t be opened by an ever-curious toddler.
If this week’s been any indication, those days are numbered, as Gus manages to work out how to stand on the very…. top….. of…….. his…… tippy toes…………..and oh, the pantry door opens, wowee.
And hello biscuit shelf, I’m Gus. And I’m HERE!!!!!!!!
As we discovered Gus’s Indian Jones-esque exploring qualities, I also coincidentally came across this brilliant summary of Tina Fey on improvisation.
Gus, it seems, has heartily taken up the challenge of the fourth principle:
There are no mistakes, only opportunities.
Being a parent gives you a unique, ever-changing perspective on seeing the world anew, fresh each day, full of opportunity.
For Gus, that ‘opportunity’ has gone from learning how to crawl, to running, to constantly running. Constantly….!
He is literally learning improv as he goes; for him, culinary nirvana is but an open pantry door away.
Again this week, as I sat looking and thinking about some writing I needed to do, and wondering how to take a fresh approach to a series of speeches, Gus and Tina reminded me of the need sometimes to just try – and give things a go, challenge and push myself in my writing.
Writing, is after all, improv. You start with a blank page and just…….. type. And see. And sometimes, hope!
Whether or not Gus’s favourite song (The Wiggles’ Go Santa Go, with Gussy having inserted ‘Gus’ in place of Santa…!) gets a run in my forthcoming speeches is another thing, but we’ll see!
“There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”
………And I can’t believe I’ve quoted The Wiggles!