Tomi Gray – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
Tomi Gray Tomi Gray
What do you do?
I have recently started a new personal projected called Do Something Hectic – a daily online diary entry wherein I attempt break away from the monotony of the rat race and challenge myself to push my own boundaries toward personal growth and happiness.

Why do you do it?
Because I'm unfulfilled. I want to experience all that life has to offer but have noticed I'm at times restricted by my own self doubts and beliefs. We're often presented with opportunities in which we can choose to step outside of our comfort zone and see whats on the other side. Or we can remain comfortable in our bubble. I reached a point where i was no longer comfortable in my bubble. This project is a step toward somewhere I've never been. 

What do you love about the city you live in?
It's teeming and overflowing with constant possibility. As is the rest of the world depending on how we view it at any given time.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
I just got back from Northern Queensland where I visited my mum for her 50th birthday, did an interview on ABC radio to promote my band The Ruckus' newest single and went to a bush doof where I volunteered in a chai tent for three days and hung out with fairies.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
I have a pink leopard print onesie and two of my best friends have matching ones. We lived in those things at Splendour In The Grass two years back. There's a cigarette burn in the left knee from the Outkast mosh and a tear up the left butt cheek from when I tweaked out and tried to mud slide under a police horse.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
I was really into all the old MTV, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network jams. 'Hey Arnold', 'AHHH! Real Monsters', 'Angry Beavers', 'Invader Zim', 'Ren & Stimpy', 'Rocko's Modern Life'... I could go on. 'Beavis & Butthead'.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Thursday last week was the last time I remember seeing my wallet. I'd go back and watch where I put it.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
I don't really know you guys that well so I'd hate to be presumptuous and make something you didn't enjoy. I have friends who are vegan that take that kind of thing very seriously. I'd make sure there was some kind of cake available though, 'cause if you don't like cake then you can consider your invitation to my house withdrawn.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
I can do anything I set my mind to. Believing it all the time is the next goal.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I often fantasise with the idea of kidnapping the neighbours dog and driving it to a farm a long, long way from my bedroom window.

Are you happy with your work/life balance?
At present I no longer have to hold down a day job to get by. So for the time being I'm very happy and grateful with the hand life has dealt me. I don't agree with the current system structured around having to fulfill a role in a global organism in exchange for basic freedoms. It fleetingly benefits the individual but consumes the majority of our time that I feel should be spent in pursuit of happiness and the service of others.

How do you define success?
Being happy in the present.

What's your spirit animal?
I've been told it's a wombat. I was pretty bummed.



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