DON’T HAVE A BACK UP PLAN IN LIFE

DON’T HAVE A BACK UP PLAN IN LIFE

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 20th September 2020

DON’T HAVE A BACK UP PLAN IN LIFE

As anyone who knows me and/or reads this Blog knows to me comedy is king.

A comedian I adore is Sara Pascoe. Fortunately, she has a new book out: Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe (Faber & Faber, £9.99).

I could not believe it but a piece of advice her father gave her sounds exactly like a piece of advice I would give my daughters.

The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Comedian Sarah Pascoe says DON’T have a backup plan in life.

Sara Pascoe, 39, is a stand-up comedian and author. She appears regularly on TV panel shows, including the BBC’s Mock The Week and QI.

Married to Australian stand-up, Steen Raskopoulos, 33, she lives in London.

DON’T HAVE A BACK UP PLAN IN LIFE

When I was 21, I’d just finished my English degree at Sussex University and had all the forms to apply for a teaching qualification.

It wasn’t my ultimate ambition. My idea was to become a supply teacher and fold it around my real goal which was to work as an actor or comedian.

Teaching would be my trapeze net. Everyone thought it was a sensible plan.

Comedian and author Sarah Pascoe, 33, extols the virtues of not having a backup plan in life           

With one exception. I explained it all to my dad on the phone to where he lives in Australia and it went very quiet at the other end.

Then he said: ‘Don’t have a back-up. If you’ve got a back-up, there’s no incentive to do what you really want. No, make it work or starve to death.’

My mum was furious with him. ‘Typical jazz musician!’ she said.

But it was great advice. Yes, I had to live with my friend and her mum for a few years, but I poured all my energies into performing until I got my big break in my mid-20s.

There was a sort of distant echo of all of that in a yoga class I took some time later.

The teacher had us in a tricky one-legged pose and she gave us this advice. ‘Don’t think about where you’ve come from or where you’re going.

‘Exist in this moment. You have nothing to prove, everything to share.’

That completely chimed with what I was hoping to achieve as a stand-up. It’s not a competition.

I don’t have to prove myself against anyone else. I’m going out there with my heart open wanting to share my words with that audience for that particular performance.

I still get nervous, of course. Sir Laurence Olivier used to say that, if you didn’t feel anxious every time you performed, you weren’t taking it seriously. But, if you try to exist in the present, it removes so much of the pressure.

And you might even end up enjoying yourself!

Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe (Faber & Faber, £9.99) is out now.

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“You are the only one who gets to decide what you will be remembered for.”

— Taylor Swift

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…not having a back-up plan

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I want swimming with sharks, it cost me an arm and a leg.

LOVE IS…

Love is…your passport to happiness

WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …

A time to have a back-up plan…A time to forget the back-up plan.

SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD

The beauty of a rainbow.

SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

Sara Pascoe Vs History Stand Up Tour

Sara Pascoe’s SEX POWER MONEY LIVE SHOW

VIZ MAGAZINE TOP TIPS

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