If I watched “The Wizard of Oz” once, I watched it a thousand times.
Though I can’t reach into the hazy depths of childhood memory to describe exactly how I felt when the curtain got pulled on the wizard and we all learned that the jig was up, I found myself thinking of that image last night as I was falling asleep.
The phrase came to mind: “The only magic is the curtain.”
In one way or another, I’ve been exploring this theme for a while now, this notion–which we buy into so often and which simultaneously keeps us in perpetual anxiety and an elevated desire to be/do more than we are–that successful people possess some kind of magic. That there’s a special formula or some mysterious trick they have that you don’t. It would change your life if you, too, could just figure out what it was and own a piece of it for yourself.
But what so few people realize is that the only magic is the curtain and the curtain, of course, is the story about ourselves that we embellish to make everything seem more glamorous and less effortful than it is.
I’m all about sharing my professional “secrets”… because there really isn’t any magic. It’s hard work and common sense.
But if you still think I’ve got something magic behind the curtain, here’s an article I wrote about a year and a half ago: Top 5 Secrets Travel Writers Won’t Tell You
And here’s an interview I gave to John Beede of the helpful website Money for Traveling, in which I talk about my travel and writing “secrets”:
What’s your magic? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.