It’s a beautiful sunny day in Bucharest and I’m so happy to share with you the following interview.
It is by far one of the best interviews I had in years – and I used to interview people for a living, in my former job – this is really a treat for the eyes, for the mind and a balm for the heart.
Blair, my next guest on the “People On My Team” series is the perfect gentleman and a dear friend of mine. We’ve met by the generosity of the Internet gods, via social media and then in person, as well.
Blair is one of those special people who has the rare ability to brighten up even the darkest of days and to bring out the sun again, plus a shimmer of hope. No, he is not a descendant of Merlin, but a kind soul with a joyous approach to life.
Passionate in his profession – he is a writer, a film director & producer – wise in his words and generous in his way of being, Blair is the friend who has always a smile to share and a pep talk to give.
His unmistakable positivity, paired with his generosity and genuine kindness, radiates through the screen and warms your heart in an instant.
Ladies and gents, please meet Blair.
1// What is something you look forward to doing every day?
You mean besides reading Urban Zen Living? ))
I don’t really have any daily rituals as such. I just look forward to dealing calmly and effectively with anything that comes my way in the form of opportunity or challenge. Right now that’s mostly to do with my work and the big challenge of what I’m attempting to accomplish.
So I guess I look forward to my work every day. ))
2// What is it about life & work that brings sparks of excitement in your eyes?
Not knowing what’s around the next corner. My elixir of life is the adventure of life itself in all it’s varied, wonderful and unforeseen glory. I get the sparks every morning when I awaken.
3// What do you love most about your life & work?
The challenges…and rewards…of creating and controlling my own destiny. If I can imagine it…I can do it …or at least give it a damned good attempt! ))
I’m not the ‘lay-around-getting-fat-and-gathering-dust’ kinda guy. We only go around once, so I have a great desire to experience as much of this world as I can. I feel the need to live…not just exist.
When I do get around to the marrying and family scenario…they’ll have to be prepared for a ‘non-blah’ lifestyle. ))
4// Joie de vivre. Fascination with life. Where does yours come from?
Hmm…I’m not sure…but since I was very young I’ve always had a great thirst for knowledge and adventure. The ‘normal/sedentary’ lifestyle I witnessed everyone else doing never held any allure for me. I tried that a few times, but always became bored and uninspired very quickly.
I have many many interests ranging from cosmology to microbiology and everything in between. I’m in constant fascination with the universe we live in. ))
5// The not-so-great days. We all have them. How do you scratch self-doubt or procrastination from your list?
You know…I don’t ever have any ‘off days’. It may sound cliché…but I really do go to sleep and awaken with a smile. For me there’s just so much to see, learn and experience in this world that I have no time to get down or disillusioned about life.
I’m not a procrastinator or self-doubter. If I get temporarily brain-stuck or impeded on something I’m attempting by external forces…. I just happily switch over to working on something else until I get ‘un-stuck’. There’s always a thousand other things I’m interested in doing or learning about.
My biggest regret is I won’t have time to learn them all. ))
6// What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned over the years about life and work?
Just one? Sheesh…I’ve learned many…with many more to come. ))
That every moment or situation has a positive side to it…no matter how it seems at the time or what the world throws at you. A couple decades ago I decided to banish negativity from my psyche and focus entirely on the positive ‘vibes’ of life…and I’ve never looked back.
That the true and lasting measure of a person is not about the money, or fancy car, or latest fashion…. it’s about being honorable, and moral, and conducting your life with dignity and sincerity.
That if you are concerned with ‘immortality’…then leave an enduring legacy behind.
Live your life. Spread goodwill. Give a helping hand when you can. Make people around you smile & laugh & feel good. Inspire yourself/someone. Create something unique.
Make the unassailable statement that ’I was here! I lived! I was a part of and contributed to the amazing history of this wonderous little blue planet!’
…or just exist…don’t try or do anything special…and just disappear within a generation as if you were never here to begin with.
I chose the ‘living’ legacy over the ‘existing’ one.
7// The incredible thing you discovered about yourself is….?
The ability to actively practice the above all the time. Actually, I don’t even have to practice it anymore. This ‘philosophy-of-life’ is so deeply entrenched within my core now that it just comes out naturally no matter what. Saves time not having to think about it. ))
8// 2015 will be the year….
…that I conclude the first half of my life’s adventures and step thru the door to the fun, interesting and unknown adventures yet to come. Life’s been good so far…and it’s going to get even better.
I feel like a kid in a great big candy store. )) Can’t wait!!
Now this interview was certainly a treat and pleasure to read. Thank you, Blair for doing this. And I thank all of you, dear Zen friends, for tuning in today.
Wishing you a great day ahead,
*Photo credit: Florian Klauer