So, I try things. That’s what I do. I tried acting, standup, writing blogs, writing books, producing podcasts, all manner of social media, and cat ownership.
Then the pandemic happened.
Comedy clubs and theaters closed and so I tried different things like theWorking From Home Comedy Club. I got better at shooting and editing video, and I even delved into video animation. But the show wasn't quite the right thing for me.
Encouraged to do more video, I tried a different type of show. Hanging in There was more or less a current events, commentary show. The title was a nod to how everyone during the lock down seemed to be answering the question: How are you? I did four episodes and then hit the pause button.
A friend said, “What made you put the show on hold?”
I said, “I put the show on hold because I wasn't enjoying it. I realized I was doing something that other people thought was a good idea for me to be doing; and if I'm not really interested or engaged then why am I doing it? And why would anyone watch? Does that make sense?”
She said, “Girl! That is a whole word! I totally get it... and so many people need to hear that message of freedom.”
So I keep trying things because perhaps these dark days don't have to kill my creativity, but can perhaps be an incubator for it.
I've always enjoyed cleaning and organizing. I can fold a fitted sheet and I safety pin my socks in accordance with my longstanding No Sock Left Behind Policy.
A colleague once said I was the type of person who would "walk into hell and start filing." He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it's accurate. I own a labeler, a shredder, and I keep a box of contractor bags on hand at all times. There's a place for everything and everything has a place; and sometimes that place is in the garbage; ergo The Let Go.
Right now I'm facing the biggest de-cluttering challenge of my life.
I've started the physically and emotionally arduous task of cleaning out My Parents house. I'm making decisions about what to do with all the stuff they never got around to donating or throwing away. I've also been cleaning up my stuff too. Exhausting! But as I’m clearing the clutter, I'm finding the funny and sharing some of it with videos on YouTube, and where appropriate, as episodes of my People with Parents podcast.
So, if you're cleaning, decluttering, downsizing, de-hoarding, purging or just plain tired of being owned by your stuff, The Let Go will give you the funny inspiration you need to get through it.
Here’s my latest silly little video about lost earrings.
Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian, author, and podcaster.