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Andrew DiPalma Andrew DiPalma entertainer. driver's seat dj. life by me'er.

Andrew DiPalma is a storyteller. As a television and film actor and the owner of an Internet marketing and PR firm, he strives to choose scripts and clients that inspire him so he may inspire others. [andrew dipalma]

Sometimes the music in my head gets really loud. I’ve been experiencing a lot of important transitions in my life recently. I just turned 30, and my mom’s been diagnosed with cancer. My friends remind me to take a breath and turn the internal music down a little. I don’t know where I’d be without my friends and family.

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, they can either beat the odds or transition. Entertaining that thought has been the earthquake in my life. Now every conversation I have with my mom or every interaction I have with a friend or family member about her is different from before. I have a lens on of “Wow, this really is meaningful, because who knows if this will be the last time we’re talking about her on this plane.” Being aware to this extent can be a burden, but with my friends and family I’m able to keep a level head and feel supported and not alone.  

I feel like the situation I’m in is like going to school and getting a PhD in mathematics. You learn all the equations, pass all the tests, and now you’re ready to go out in the world and be a scientist. I’ve been afforded a luxurious awareness of how things work for me morally, but now I’ve got my scientist suit on and I’ve got my first job of applying what I’ve learned to a real-life situation. All those great quotes I’ve read, interactions with spiritual advisors, and meaningful conversations now need to be put to work. Applying concepts to our own actual lives can be the biggest challenge.

Mentally checking out in a state of bliss – that’s what I call quiet. When I need to get quiet or find my pure state of bliss, I get in my car and turn the music on. Yes, I can find quiet even while driving a car with the radio blaring. Typically, in that space, I receive from myself everything I need – beautiful thoughts or gentle reminders of something I already know. Most recently, people have been popping into my head out of the blue. When I think of someone, I pick up the phone, send an email, or shoot off a text. Nine times out of ten, I get a response like “Oh my God, I was just talking about you” or “That’s so funny. I just had a dream about you.”

No one is really ever alone. Are you aware enough to accept that and create the support and comfort you need while navigating through this life?

Andrew DiPalma

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