I wrote “Life By Numbers” in one night; 4-hours to be exact.
The concept of chronicling life through a series of number-based calculations combined with a litany of fairly accurate guesses, hit me one Friday evening in 2010.
I had been going through a ‘Man Versus Wild’ phase at the time – watching Bear Grills defy jungles, mountains and rainforests had become my unplugging escape de jour (for the record, Cosby Show, Family Ties, Making the Band, Facts of Life, The West Wing, True Blood, The Sopranos and Discovery Channel Documentaries have all been unplugging mediums through the years, also…. Judge me as you will).
Bored of Bear’s escapades in the Canadian Rockies, I decided to sit back and just think about life for a while….
The lightning fast way it passes us by.
The casual affection we carry for the moments we’re in and the scapegoat use of ‘tomorrow’ as our never-ceasing excuse to not pursue our dreams.
How the stress of today will amount to little more than a fleeting memory when ‘regret’ is the final thought circling our brains; and yet how it leaves us paralyzed into non-action while we still have the time to actually do what it is we want.
The beautiful journey we have all been blessed to take; and the fact so many of us fail miserably with the opportunities we’re presented.
It took me 4-hours to write the entire piece.
Next time someone tells you that the road is too tough to travel, the trek far too arduous or the obstacles impassable, remember my 4-hour experience that Friday night in August of 2010.
“Life By Numbers” has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide.
Caused them to reflect and ponder.
More still, forced them into urgent action.
Altering the world isn’t as hard as that little voice in your head is telling you it will be.
But you won’t ever know until you get started.
Be Audacious; Change the World.
P.S. – “Life By Numbers” was also filmed in one day (8-hours to be exact). The editing process took two weeks and the post-productive finalization another 4-days after that.
I’d never written, filmed or produced a movie in my life.
But it took me a grand total of 19 days…..
What are you waiting for?