“If a story is funny, and I made it up, then the big message is, ‘Aren’t I clever?’.
If a story is funny and it actually happened, the big message is, ‘Isn’t the world funny?’
And actually I think that’s a better message. I kind of want to think that about the world.”
A while back I watched “Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure”. It’s about a comedian who’s just turned 30, wants to be taken seriously and decides to write a novel.
He’s met with a lot of inner resistance which leads him to continuously put off the actual doing in favor of, well, anything and everything else.
One day he gets an e-mail from a guy called “Stevo” who lets him know that he’s a “Googlewhack”. Naturally he replies something like: “What the hell is a ‘Googlewhack’?”.
Stevo tells him that a Googlewhack is a Google search for two words, without quotation marks, that returns exactly one hit. In the case of Dave Gorman the two words on his website were francophile & namesakes.
This exhange leads him into a completely different level of weirdness. He starts searching the internet for other Googlewhacks and ends up connecting with them. Then he turns away from the whole thing because he feels his novel is more important.
Yet, he still hasn’t written a word. He oscillates between pursuing this oddity and refusing the call.
I won’t tell you how it ends but the whole story is basically Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” in real life.
Well, almost. You really need to watch the show or read the book to get the most out of it.
This got me thinking about how often we do that in our own lives. We’re handed a gift or opportunity but we fail to grab a hold of it. Why? Because we tell ourselves that we should be focusing on important and serious matters rather than our curiosity.
We’re all familiar with the term “red thread”, but not everyone knows about the deeper mythology behind this.
In Greek mythology Theseus received a a red thread from Ariadne which he used to find his way out of the labyrinth where he fought the Minotaur.
In Chinese mythology the “red string of fate” is tied by the Gods around the ankles of people destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.
Usually when I’ve gotten these kinds of opportunities I’ve shied away from it. Mainly because I’ve been so focused on other things.
But every now and again it’d poke at me again as if to say: “Pssst! Hey, kid. You need to be looking here. See?”
Finally I’d get the hint and let go, “Fine, let’s see what’s going on over there.”
It is kind of strange that every time I’ve given in to that curiosity it’s lead me down an odd but wonderful path. Either I’ve gotten to meet amazing people or learned something about the world or myself that I didn’t know was there.
So, take a look at “Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure”. Get inspired and follow your curiosity.
Who knows where it’ll lead you?