"I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun."
- Stephen Fry
Firstly, let me just say how much I adore Stephen Fry. I was in the same room as him once (yeah it was a giant ballroom, but whateves) and I remember thinking just how straightforward he seemed. No nonsense. He was there to do a job and he did it. But he seemed easygoing about it all too.
In Hollywood, you meet a lot of people, celebrity or otherwise, who are just loud and brash. Sometimes this city is so loud and boisterous and bossy I just wanna smack it across the face and tell it to calm down. But it can't help it really. I don't blame Los Angeles. There are a lot of voices all trying to be heard here, and it's hard to separate them from the sounds of the traffic.
But back to the point. Stephen Fry is a cool guy. The boy and I regularly watch episodes of QI on youtube. It's a British quiz/comedy show that celebrates knowledge and humor and it's simply splendid. Fry is the host and if you haven't watched it, you just should.
I read the above quote from him a few weeks ago and it really resonated with me. Because I have been using nouns to define my life for, well, all of it. Ballerina. Dancer. Teacher. Writer. Girlfriend. Wife. Blogger. Social Media Manager. Brand. Marketer.
It can be so restricting to be a noun. A Person, Place or Thing with no room for adjustment. I am making an effort to move away from my nouns and start collecting verbs.