SPRING IN CENTRAL PARK
I checked the weather forecast before leaving my apartment Sunday morning and saw that it was 80°F outside! So, after Easter Sunday mass ended at noon I decided to head over Central Park to read “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov for probably the 8th time in a new venue for a change.
It’s hard to reconcile choosing “me” time over “getting work done” as an actor in The Juilliard School – especially when you’re in your second year of training, probably. I work very hard. I’ve always worked hard, especially when I realized I wanted to become an actor. Prioritizing work, as well as basic responsibilities (ensuring rent & bills are paid, etc.) come easy for me. What I want to get better at is finding things that make me happy as a human being. I’m beginning to sense that a lifestyle which consists of getting up at 7:30AM every day and coming home around 10:45PM every night and spending weekends either rehearsing more or doing laundry, groceries and cooking is not much of a “life” for me, though it is a lot that a person can have. I decided I could shake things up a bit. Nature helps, a lot. It’s a good thing that spring is here so I can spend more time outside.
Reading my script in Central Park hits two birds with one stone. I get to deepen my work in Three Sisters as well as enjoy the sun, nature, as well as the different kinds of people in New York City walking, running or biking, etcetera across the bench I’m sitting. I found a bench with a decent shade near a tree and read there for 2.5 hours occasionally resting my eyes by enjoying the view surrounding me.
I am so glad that spring is finally here. I am looking to expand my life beyond the deep, soul-building work that is the Juilliard Drama Division Actor Training Program. Hopefully the new season brings in more opportunities for me to come out of the “dutiful” lifestyle I am scared to loosen up.
REGINA DE VERA