Friday, April 30th 2010. I was in the mid-sentence with a client during a coaching session when a waiter came up to us to collect our empty glasses. He informed us that Gerry Ryan, the much-loved Irish radio broadcaster, had died. He then continued with his hypothesis, when I had to say “Thank you for telling us”. He promptly left us alone again. It brought back memories of Michael Jackson’s death, Lady Diana and Rory Gallagher.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the Omagh bomb blew the street apart on 23 June 1985? Or Lockerbie on 21 December 1988? What about when the Air India flight blew up over Ireland on 23 June 1985?
Gerry Ryan will be buried today after 11.30 Mass as the country continues to mourn. This day will be etched in many people’s memory and some will struggle to remember.
Sometimes, our brain uses significant experiences to stage our lives, just like a drama on a stage. We are living from act to act, and can make use of the interval to refresh and refocus. Or we can just sit in the auditorium and wait for the next act to happen.
Do you want to be governed by dramas and acts? Do you want to remember parts of your life through dramatic events outside of your control? Because we can all choose the outcome, we can write the script, set the scene, and pick the actors and performers. But we can also choose who directs and produces our play. It’s up to us to take control and make our own history for ourselves.
Or is every major event in your life marked by a terrorist attack, a death of a President, a Tsunami or smoking ban? Make your history, start re-writing your play today, choose who takes part in your drama, and decide on your own ending. Take control, take the credit and take your world by storm!