Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday: What's Success Anyhow?

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I was thinking earlier today about the nature of success. What is it exactly? What does it mean to succeed at one’s dreams?

Okay, so, Dan hopes to win an Oscar for a film that he will someday write and/or direct, while I dream of earning a Pulitzer Prize for my writing... So, what could happen if we eventually achieve such goals? Would that be the pinnacle of our success? What does it mean to strive for something, and what happens when one achieves it? Is that it? Is there anything to crave for beyond that? And what does it mean if one never attains such goals? That success will forever be out of reach?

Despite our ambitions (however lofty they might seem), I believe it’s healthier to think of life as a series of little successes, instead of always striving for one big success that might only leave us disappointed.

I was musing about such things as I prepared for the opening night party of our film fest tonight – and I thought about it again several hours later, once the filmmakers and volunteers had left the Kerry for the night. Remembering the smiling faces, the energetic atmosphere, and the way my hubby looked as he chatted with our guests – many of whom had come from faraway towns and cities, and some of whom were getting all they could out of the Big Easy’s partying culture (if you know what I mean) – I felt an incredible sense of pride. This will be our eighth film festival weekend as co-directors – and even if our ultimate goals, such as having a film theatrically distributed or a novel traditionally published, are far in the future – we’ll always have this weekend, this little success (if all goes smoothly, of course), and that’s enough for now.

8 comments:

Kristi said...

It sounds like you're off to a great start. It reminds of the saying about how it's the journey, not the destination. I try to enjoy the journey each day and although the destinations may change slightly along the way, it's a fabulous ride. :)

Bane of Anubis said...

Man, I'm not sure if Dan wins an Oscar I might curb my anti-Hollywood thoughts for a nanosecond...

I'm definitely anti-prize since I think it's too often a popularity contest (of which I don't understand the dynamics)... I'd prefer to go the bestseller route and have a bunch of automatons reading my work than a bunch of tweed coat wearing literati :)

Bane of Anubis said...

Hmmm... this is what happens early in the morning... my thoughts start one way and then go the other and I don't even edit check even though I'm prompted w/ a word verif...

First line should be: If Dan wins an Oscar...

Deb@RGRamblings said...

You've got a healthy outlook. If we give up lifes simple pleasures in the pursuit of our dreams - success would be pretty meaningless. Wait. I think I just pulled that from a highschool book report on "The Great Gatspy"...

Can't believe you managed to go to a party and post! Go Laura!

Laura Martone said...

You're right, Kristi. It's absolutely the journey that counts most! May yours be happy (and a little crazy), too! ;-)

Oh, I know what you mean, Bane. Why do you think Dan and I no longer live in Los Angeles full-time? All Hollywood and no normalcy makes Laura a sad girl. We're not big on prizes either (consider how worthless the Nobel Peace Prize is these days) - I was just using the Oscar/Pulitzer thing as an example. I'm not even sure a bestseller is necessary for success.

Thanks, Deb. Hey, you used my blog title in your comment. Too cool! And if I were really awesome, I would've partied, posted, and visited other blogs, too. Guess I'm not a superwoman after all. :-(

Donna Hole said...

Once you attain your original dream, get another quickly. Chasing dreams is invigorating. Besides, you don't seem like people who would be content to have only one dream.

I think you will one day achieve some semblance of success. Maybe not in the manner you thought. Look how well everything you do together turns out. Congratulations on the success of THIS festival, it sounds exciting.

........dhole

TheWordWire said...

I hope you guys do achieve your loftiest dreams, but I like your sentiment about paying attention to all the little successes. Keeps you motivated!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Donna, somehow I missed your comment. Oops. You're so right, btw. Chasing dreams IS invigorating, and no, Dan and I don't have just one or two. Perhaps that's the problem. We're pursuing too many dreams at once. Must focus. And you're right, too, that success can surprise us - nothing ever turns out exactly as planned, which is why it's good to be flexible.

Thanks, Wordy! May all your lofty dreams come true, too!