The play’s the thing*

Autumn collage

I’m curious about other people.  That’s the essence of my acting.  I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.

~ Meryl Streep

*William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Today’s view of the pond

The NaBloPoMo question of the day is:  Do  you enjoy acting?

View from the other end of the pond.

That’s a good question.  When I was a teenager, I thought acting was the coolest job on earth.  I didn’t want to be myself so what could be better than becoming someone else and getting paid for it?  I might have been good at it then, too.  As a dancer and gymnast, I was comfortable performing in front of others, and as a teen, I was already playing teen angst and rebellion to the hilt. I look back on it now and wonder at that wild child, and how she got so mixed up.  I’d like to give her a hug, too.  I think she needed one (but might not be very accepting of it).

I’ve come around to a different way of thinking (and feeling).  Now I’m happy with who I am, and the life I live.  I have no desire to slip into someone else’s persona.

Can you see the leaves raining from the trees? You have to look closely, but they’re there. Spots of yellow floating just right of center.

There’s also the performing in front of others aspect of acting.  I haven’t got the nerve now.  I’d end up beet red, stammering out my lines, and wanting nothing more than to leave the stage.  It would be painful to experience, and to watch.

Immersed in color

So, the short answer is:  No.  I prefer being myself, as authentically as possible.  I’ll leave the acting to the professionals who know what they’re doing.  It looks like fun, but I’m pretty sure it’s like anything else in that it takes a lot of skill, talent, and hard work to be good at it.  I’m too busy with other things now to add acting to the list.  That said, maybe some Halloween I’ll dress up and become someone else for an evening, just for the experience and the sheer fun of it.  (Now all I need is an invite to a good Halloween party!)

In other news…

The weather has been changeable today.  Cloudy and wet when I woke up.  Strips of blue sky and sunshine overhead followed by a brief rain shower while I was out for my morning walk.  It eventually evolved into a cloudy-with-sunny-spells kind of day.

I stood under some of the trees today, immersing myself in the light and color.  It’s magical under the branches, the sunlight and shadows playing with the reds, yellows, greens, and oranges of the leaves.

Well, I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me on my daily walk, and underneath the branches of the trees.  It looks like it will be a wonderful evening.  Let’s have a seat on the deck later and watch the sunset.  If it gets too chilly, we can always move to the porch and keep the windows closed.  It should be nice and toasty in there after an afternoon spent soaking up some sun.  A little sunlight goes a long way when it comes to warming up the porch.

We can see the film stars of yesterday in yesterday’s films, hear the voices of poets and singers on a record, keep the plays of the dead dramatists upon our bookshelves, but the actor who holds his audience captive for one brief moment upon a lighted stage vanishes forever when the curtain falls.

~ Daphne du Maurier


34 Comments on “The play’s the thing*”

  1. Oh the colors of this time of year are my favorite. Absolute favorite.

    • Robin says:

      Mine too, Colleen. I think the colors of autumn out-color spring almost every time, and that’s saying a lot because spring does a pretty good job of putting on a color show, too. One that’s especially appreciated after the grays and whites of winter. 🙂

  2. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I like the last photo best and the Du Maurier quote. The leaves are changing so fast here. They are a bit like the actors, waiting for the curtain to come down. But these moments live on for many years in peoples’ memories. Jane

  3. tedgriffith says:

    Lovely walk, thanks!

  4. Margie says:

    Beautiful fall photos… it snowed here today. I’m inside the house, trying to act like it isn’t so cold outside!

  5. Gosh, Robin, the colors are stunning. Don’t know that I care about acting, but I do like to get up and talk to groups of people–which might surprise some. I suppose it’s all those years of teaching/lecturing. Thanks for the walk today!

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. And thank you. 🙂

      I can picture you as a good speaker, perhaps because I like your writing so much. I know good writing doesn’t necessarily translate into good public speaking, but for some reason, it seems like it would for you.

  6. Phil Lanoue says:

    These are all wonderfully done! Great work!

  7. artsifrtsy says:

    I love your walks – it’s so much easier to just be who you are – I concur. The color is amazing there – the light on the leaves – just glorious.

  8. Your photos of the fall foliage are gorgeous. Thanks for letting me experience fall vicariously, since I have no fall where I am… 😦

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    I’m like the trees in your photos … they aren’t acting, thus I’m no actor. Thanks for the causing smiles this morning.

  10. I spent my entire adult life acting…it was what made me a good salesperson. There’s still a part of me that would love to get back on a stage (community theater only – I’m not that good!) but I don’t want to devote the time anymore…
    Your trees are lovely…we’re still a few weeks away from that!

  11. Val says:

    I love these colours! And your thoughts, too. 🙂

  12. Sounds familiar….. 😉 As a teenager, I LOVED my theater class. It gave me the opportunity to try to come out of my shell, and since I was pretending to be someone else (and I already knew what to say), it was fun. I didn’t even mind being up on a raised stage in front of people. Now…. I would greatly prefer to have attention focused on others.

    Your photos of the changing colors are gorgeous! I especially love the second to last photo, you captured some amazing bokeh in the background (that’s almost a tongue-twister)! 🙂

  13. Anna Surface says:

    How brilliant and beautiful these photos are! Wow and Pop! I especially like the first photo layered or woven. 🙂 Enjoyed the post, Robin.

  14. What beautiful images – the colors! I love the pond with the sky reflected in it – captivating.

  15. Gracie says:

    Oh these are just beautiful, Robin!

  16. Joanne says:

    I’ve never, ever been interested in acting myself, but find a huge interest in those who can “become” another person, thus becoming a brilliant actor. I think though, that the true reality of the changing seasons, and the changing colours of the leaves is far more intriguing!

  17. CMSmith says:

    You are fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty.

    I never wanted to act and was always terrified of the idea.

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