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Making Magic

James Andrew

James Andrew - photo by Gabriel Everett

I read a quote on The Bach Book recently, and it had me smiling all day.

I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!

Blanche Dubois — A Streetcar Named Desire

I’d forgotten these lines from Williams’ legendary Pulitzer Prize winning play, but they so do resonate with me!

I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who might call me delusional, but I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a very active dreamer! I’ve certainly had many lively discussions with friends about “what is” vs. “what we want it to be,” and I always like to make the point that most things start merely as a dream—something only imagined—and I needn’t even bring in the old cliché of man going to the moon. I’ll bet there are a hundred things in your room that were once only an idea, and one of them is right in front of you!

And here’s my point. Everyone has those moments of fatalistic self-doubt and poor self-esteem—we may think we’re overweight, unsuccessful, or obsess over getting older, but why not imagine you’re a gorgeous goddess or whatever elevated thing you’d like to be. At the very least it’s better than moping around with that old warn out self image, and it’s definitely a better place from which to actively build on your dreams. I myself always try to focus on the impossible being possible, and I do love to help others to see themselves as the stars that they are—ultimately validation has to come from within of course, but every now and then we can all do with a bit of support!

Now if someone happens to consider any of this delusional, well then so be it!

I’m sporting what I think is a terrific “transitional” look with a dusty rose suede safari jacket, pale khaki pants, python belt and brown suede loafers with pink suede trim by Gucci, Tom Ford lilac cotton over check shirt, and brown and pink floral print silk tie, sunglasses by Lanvin and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

Be fearless and don’t be afraid to dream really big!

11 Comments

  1. Leo says:

    Obviously cooler where you are than here!

    Absolutely love the jacket.

  2. Ramsay says:

    James,

    All I can say is “Ouch” – what a killer look!

    The different shades of rose: the suede jacket, the patterned shirt and tie??!!

    Another homerun my friend!

  3. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    Great literary inspiration! Tennessee Williams is my favorite writer. His stories are so real for me, since my mothers family was all quite Southern Gothic. As a famous pol once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. You and WIJW have certainly inspired me and kept the fires burning these past few years, which have been somewhat challenging, to say the least. By giving of yourself – your true self – to others, you are becoming ever richer and richer in spirit, inspiration, passion, love, and beauty! Thank you dear James!

    Dean Farris *****

  4. Grey Hustle says:

    amazing look in this pic. Now let me go do some dreaming!

  5. I loved this post. Yes, a salute to dreams, to “…what ought to be the truth”, and magic, always.
    Warm regards,

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dean you are Divine!

    I always enjoy your incredible comments and feedback!

    Thank You!

    Cheers

    JA

  7. Oonagh says:

    Love the tie and the philosophy.
    Dream on, James. x

  8. Topaz says:

    Totally agree with this philosophy. I discovered it rather late but have been much happier and more productive since adopting it.

    You’re an inspiration for all of us chasing our dreams.

  9. Carl says:

    Great post Mr. James. I love it when you share the innermost of James. Always so inspiring. As you aspire you inspire. All the best to you sir. ~Carl

  10. James Andrew says:

    Dear Carl,

    Thank You!

    I have learned so much over the years and feel it is important to share some ideas that have helped me.

    Cheers

    JA

  11. Nick Zantop says:

    incredible jacket! keep dreaming big 🙂

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