Result #365: At this point I don't feel enthusiastic enough to warrant a tattoo of success.

#365: Interpret “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm,” into an equation for a tattoo to celebrate the completion of this project.

Date: 12-31-2014

Due Date: 12-31-2015

The Resolution: I've wanted to get the equational interpretation of Winston Churchill's quote, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm," as a tattoo celebrating my (as of now) failure of a writing career.

It's not a negative thing.

It's the light at the end of the tunnel.

This year was the epitome of enthusiastically trudging forward in spite of many failures on many levels. As long as I have this quote in my mind I feel someday I'll be fine.

So, to celebrate the successful completion of 365 Days of Resolution and three years of The Wicker Breaker challenges, I will finally get this tattoo committed to my skin on New Year's 2015.

Now I just need to figure out the translation.

The photo above is one person's interpretation but I have no idea if it's sound.

Please chime in with suggestions if you have a translation for, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

Thanks in advance.

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 12-31-2015

I feel like I've been gradually losing my enthusiasm towards life over the past three years. Where I used to fully live up the the expression, "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” In fact, I may have been even more enthusiastic about my failures than I did about my successes.

People love a good fail store and I tend to fail in entertaining ways.

I don't know what the tipping point was but as I said about three years ago I stopped having fun. I got tired of chasing dreams and started to feel that I wasted my entire adult life on a delusion that I had something to say. The lines between reality and fiction started to blur as I felt I was losing my identity as I shut out the real world to live in made up world where I didn't feel so powerless.

Even this blog feels more like a piece of fiction where I am writing about a character of myself while the real me continues to spin out of control.

I'm not going to give up though. I'm actually looking forward to the project I want to start next year (aka tomorrow.) I'm also excited about the non-writing, non-TheWickerBreaker projects that I am starting as I'm learning to build websites from scratch. I'm starting to feel hopeful again that I'll eventually be my own boss.

Though my enthusiasm is low right now it's not gone, it will return and when it does and I learn to accept success I will revisit this resolution, translate my favorite quote, get my tattoo and share my results. 

Thanks to anyone who has followed any of my progress on any of my projects.

This is what I want to do with my life.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.