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Thinking About the Future

I’m always thinking about the future.  This morning particularly for some reason…  I woke up at 4am with it on my mind this morning really heavily.

Canopy of Shadow

Whether it’s what’s next in lighting or what I’m going to do next with my day, it’s always on my mind.  We as humans have an inane need to find comfort in the similar and familiar, sometimes at a price of our happiness.  I’ve always enjoyed the journey, whether it be alone or with a companion, but the journey is the spice of life.  When you stop wanting to see what’s out there, or you stop wanting to discover new things, I think you’ve missed the point of life.  Things rock right now, and frankly I only see them getting better.  I am always looking to see what I can do to better the industry that has made me what I am today.

Let me ask this — are you involved in bettering the Lighting industries?  I work for a company that gives a shit, and it’s pretty f*cking cool.  It’s a first, as far as I am concerned, for me at least.  I am involved in things that literally change lives.  The more I work and the harder things get for the industry, the more I realize that we as an industry have to reach out and do our own outreach.  Redundant terms?  Maybe.  Absolutely important?  Absolutely.

I’ve traveled to and lived in some quite spectacular places in my travels.  I’ve seen some really amazing stuff, some really scary stuff, and some stuff that would make any human question what and how they were living.  I’m always interested to see what comes next.  For some, the future is a grind; it’s unknown and scary.  For me, I say bring it right the f*ck on.

Have a good day everyone, go out there and just own today.  If you want to leave a comment, I welcome it, and if not, may the sunshine be on your shoulders as you head into the future.

Jim

My Final Nine Months in Oklahoma Starts Today

Happy Monday, everyone! Like a lot of people reading the blog, I’m back at campus today too to begin another year of sharing light with fresh new minds!

This year is a very special year to me, because I’ve decided it’s going to become my last full-time year in Oklahoma. In May of 2012, I’m resigning my position at Oklahoma City University and dedicating my time to our industries on a full time basis.  The Light Associated Media team has some pretty incredible things in store for the world, and I am going to dedicating the rest of my life to the pursuit of perfect light, making larger than life light art the entire world can appreciate, the growth of my design firm, writing JimOnLight.com, and spreading the knowledge of light with the planet. Together I know we can turn this world into the best place for a sentient being to be and create, as of course all sentient beings need to do.  Remember that movie “Short Circuit?”  All THAT sentient being wanted to do was make breakfast.

“For moist crisp potatoes, brown on one side, then turn over.”

I’m planning on putting myself on the market for a band as well, anybody know a band that needs me to drive the spaceship?

One of my goals that is becoming a reality (with much, much, much more development to come) is teaching the world about light, but for FREE. Knowledge is power, and collectively we have a lot of knowledge. This knowledge should be for the entire world to use for the benefit of all mankind. I’m making this happen, if it’s the final thing I do before my last breath. I swear this to the world. I will make this happen. Somehow, some way, this will become a reality. Can you imagine a world where the status quo for knowledge of lighting is so far above the current norm? Our industry would be unstoppable, and I’m not talking any kind of more efficient cable and data, I’m talking real live Sky Hooks here, people!

But seriously, yeah.  I haven’t decided where the new home base will be, my lease is up in May 2012.  I’ve had thoughts about going back to my great friends in Dallas, moving to Las Vegas to be near the awesomesauce that is Nevada, and I’ve thought about West Coasting it (to steal a term) and moving somewhere on the west side of America, a place I’ve only worked and visited.  The mountains are in there too, I really did like Denver.  Got a suggestion?  The world is a monster place.

I have so much cool stuff in store for my kids this year, I am SO EXCITED!  I get to spend this next two semesters having a blast with some people who really love light!  I have an absolutely outstanding group of students for my final year in Oklahoma (one interned with Cirque all summer, another was the Chief Electrician for a Shakespeare summer series, another is a Chief at a theme park for the summer, others did rock all summer, some studied film), and I’m readying them as best I can for the lighting industries as a whole. It is our responsibility to the industry. If you’re out there teaching lighting design, you better be doing it as hard as I am. We owe it to the future.

Changes are good. You know what’s even better? Cake. Oh, I miss cake.  My newer lighter self doesn’t let my inner tank-ass out very often these days.  Every time I go into the closet though, it’s like I’m clothes shopping!