Hello gays and gay lovers of Homorazzi! My name is Dave, the newest (and possibly youngest… I haven’t checked…) writer for this wicked website. I just did the same production of Footloose with Tyrell in Winnipeg, which has me here writing for you fine folks in Homorazzi-land! Well, Footloose is all over now, but I had one of the best theatre experiences I’ve had to date. Something that will always stick with me from that show was the incomparable cast that I got to spend every day with. Some favourite things include prefacing everything with YOLO (you only live once), and honouring the biggest fuck up each night with a squid-hat from the carnival.
It is hard to think that those are all just amazing memories now. There was one guy who I will always remember though, because he taught me so much about myself. And surprisingly enough, he wasn’t the wizened old jaded-painted-whore-of-the-theatre who has been around the block more times than a gay in the village on Saturday night. He was the youngest guy in the cast, a new gay, and greener than any gays I’ve met before, but it was like watching a movie of myself three years ago. It was amazing to relive that part of myself that I have moved on from.
Well one day we were sitting at the beach, I, bravely in my light blue Diesel speedo seen above (it’s a wonder I wasn’t lynched in Winnipeg), chatting about boys and life and whatever else the gays chat about on the beach. Well he was telling us about a potential new boy and how he is being careful and doesn’t want to get hurt like he was in his last relationship, I just had to stop him and say, “So what if you get hurt? Isn’t that the whole point? To try things out? Yes, maybe you’ll get hurt, but hey, you’ll learn from the experience.”
Then I thought, shit, where the hell did that come from? Suddenly I’m fucking Buddha in a blue speedo. But in that moment, that whole idea came crashing down on me. That IS what it is all about. And in that moment I decided to take my own advice for once (we are really good at giving advice, but not always taking it, aren’t we?) and I’ve sort of taken that as my mantra. The whole point of this crazy life we live is to EXPERIENCE it! Who wants to die having felt nothing, done nothing, seen nothing? When you have one of those scary life moments to deal with, stop for a moment and think to yourself, “Well, what’s the worst that could happen? I may get hurt, but hell, I’ll come out knowing more than I went in with.”
I mean, YOLO, right?