My life has been full of beautifully unique moments. In the world of live performance, and especially improvisation, this is common. I remember that one performance, that one rehearsal, that one time in the studio, that one audience, that one reaction.
This kind of thinking is often thought of as nostalgic; head-in-the-clouds. Today’s culture also pushes back against the value of singular experiences. Science demands replicability. Dizzy Gillespie, the famed jazz trumpet player, is quoted as saying that the professional is the cat who can do the same thing twice. Many of us yearn for some consistency.
But what if we were put here on this earth for a singular moment? Would that not be enough? Would that not be fulfilling? What if there where many singular moments? What would it look like if all those moments strung together? Wouldn’t that be what we call a life?