I did something enormously difficult today. I hit the “Like” button on a Facebook post. Not just any Facebook post – the post of a person who is getting something I truly want. As a screenwriter, I have a whole lot of friends who are also screenwriters, ranging from the “#1 movie of the weekend” type to the “just had to get a day job” type.
My own struggle and benchmark is getting my work produced (by someone other than me). I want a movie on a screen with my name as the writer on a production where I didn’t have to rent or return any of the equipment.
So, it turns out, a friend who is at my exact same career level has a movie going forward into production. And I am happy for him. Truly. And at the same time, sad for me. But that’s okay. We’re all still human beings, after all.
What I don’t wish is that it was me instead of him. I wish it were both of us, and if it has to be not me, then I’m glad it’s him. That’s part of my ongoing quest to be happy – being happy for other people, even when I’m a little blue…and green.