By Julie Sugar, The Mincha Minyan
1. “Create something that will make the world awesome.”
I applied to the PresenTense NYC Fellowship with nothing more than an idea, and I got in. That may sound carefree and quick, but the truth is that I have been thinking about my idea—a project called The Mincha Minyan—for at least two years.
But why now? I studied playwriting in college, and
“why now?” is a key question I learned to always askabout my scenes and characters. So, in that same vein, if I’ve had an idea in my back pocket for years, why bring it to fruition now?
The first month of the fellowship has been about Visioning, which is a crucial way to begin a project, and maybe even the only way. At our first seminar, a fellow in my cohort commented that he wasn’t sure that The Mincha Minyan is the most fitting project for the vision that I have. I have been thinking about that ever since: what is my dream? What opportunity does it address? What problem is it solving?
While I’m not worried that The Mincha Minyan is—as Kid President would say—stupid, I’m uncertain if it is the best dream for me right now. During this upcoming month, fellows will be learning about Environmental Scanning and Digital Tools; in addition to that, I will continue to work on Visioning until I feel confident about my dream.
3. “We got work to do. We could cry about it—or we could dance about it.”
Sometimes I get intimidated... and I don’t just mean by the PresenTense fellowship! The “work to do” in my life is often difficult, or unclear, or seemingly endless. What I’ve been aspiring towards lately, though, is enjoying the process. There is always more work to do—I’ll get there when I get there—so I may as well relax, take a deep breath, and dance along the way.
Cross-posted to julie.wordpress.com.