(Video link here.) In this rough video, Bill Murray is asked how his unique way of living came about. Here are “some of the secrets someone told [him] early on about living”. They are incredibly helpful.
I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is someone told me some secrets early on about living, and that, you know, you just have remind yourself, you have to remember yourself, and that “You can do the very best you can when you’re very very relaxed, no matter what it is, whatever your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are.”
…I realized that the more fun I had, the better I did. If I had to go to work and say “No matter what my condition, no matter what my mood is, no matter how I feel, what’s going on in my life, if I could relax myself and enjoy what I’m doing and have fun with it, then I could do my job really well.”
…And it’s changed my life. It has changed my life learning that. It has made me better at what I do.
…My whole day is better because of the hours, maybe just the minutes of the day where I am working as hard as I can to be relaxed, and sensitive and you know, not joyous, but enjoying. You know, just seeing this is my opportunity right now, and it’s such a powerful reminder to realize it’s gonna be, you know, 14 feet high some day. You know, it’s sort of like an echo saying, “This is it, Bill! You’ve got to remember NOW!”
THEN he tells the story of finding out his taxi driver loves to play the sax but rarely has time to practice at 2:50. Bill finds out the sax is in the trunk of the car, so he drives while the driver plays…
With thanks to Improvised Life reader Walter who alerted me to the cab driver story and video!