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  • The Creative School of Thought should be called the Abyss, but it's not. It's a confusing little thing that I started this year. Kinda. It was born out of my discontented soul, dying from the pain of the 9-5 job that I work everyday and raised by my heart's need to work on something that makes meaning of this mere existence of life.

    I like to think of it like the abyss because the abyss has vague forms of reality, but mostly mystery, and that sounds like what this venture called the Creative School of Thought has been like.

    Let me give some context.

    Three years ago I was working in an advertising agency in Seattle. I decided I was going to do something - anything else that makes the world a better place. I gave myself two years to quit my job and do it.

    Meanwhile, I started the Creative School of Thought, even though I had no idea what that was, what it meant or what it will do. I just thought it would eventually take shape.

    Two years later, I found myself newly married, now living in New York, still working a job, no closer to figuring out what the Creative School of Thought was and dreading my every moment of living on earth.

    I sat in my office everyday, becoming more and more sad about life. Until it hit me. "Someday you will die." That used to be a scary thought - but in this moment, for some reason it just made me think of all the things that I need to do before I depart this Earth.

    So I wrote my first film. It's a story about a man who wants to kill himself but he's saved by a revelation that he is two men - he is his present and he is his past. And his past is the only one that wants to die. So he let's him die. And now he is a man with only the present. And in the present, who knows what he will do.

    That man is not me, but he is a lot like me. And, poof, the Creative School of Thought has a purpose - to make this film. I quit my job. I have no idea what will come of this adventure, but this adventure is all that I have. It's a beautiful scary journey into the unknown. The film is called, "JUMP."

    And this is the story of how I quit my job, found inspiration to make my film and found beauty in the abyss.

    Eric Larkin
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    photos by joycherie.com
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