What I Learned From Captain Picard

Star Trek, Star Ship Enterprise, Captain Picard, Make it so, Raised on Love, Deb Trotter, Memoir

Captain Jean Luc Picard

What I learned from Captain Picard – the main hero of Star Trek: The Next Generation – should have been easy.

All I needed was three simple words.

If you’re a kindred Sci-Fi soul, maybe some of those Next Generation episodes shook you to the core the way the did me … Nebulabobw.jpgespecially if they involved The Borg.

(If you’re not a big Sci Fi fan, stay right where you are … there’s still some gold in them thar hills.)

For the last several years I was stuck in a dark place. I missed the joy I once had for life, and I didn’t know how … or if … I’d ever get it back.

Ever since my family moved to Wyoming I’ve spent most of my time as an artist. Ten years, folks. I spent ten years doing something I really loved. Three years after I started my art business, Cowboy’s Sweetheart, I had a loyal blog following, had published my work in books and magazines, and was licensing my art to manufacturers and greeting card companies. Life was good … so good in fact, that my husband suggested we renovate our home so I could work in a fabulous new art studio.

During the renovation, I had a freak accident, striking the back of my head on a concrete bench. I awoke in a pool of blood with my fingers and toes tingling.  One year later, I found myself staring at a blank canvas … and another … and another … my mind empty, my inspiration lost. But those were the least of my problems.

I forgot appointments. I forgot to return phone calls. I forgot total conversations I’d had the day before. I couldn’t even remember the names of some of my best friends. (I knew them, I recognized them, but for the life of me, I simply couldn’t SAY their names.)

The most devastating part was that I would be busy all day but accomplish nothing. Every sight, every noise, every interruption was so distracting that I would forget what I had been doing … or I couldn’t go back to what I was doing because I had lost my focus.

One evening — after I’d spent a few minutes on Facebook studying the new work my artist friends had created — I threw my cordless mouse across the room, sat down on the bare floor, and cried.

This is ridiculous. I can’t do this anymore. It all just seems so … futile.

As I sat there and blubbered like an idiot, my dog,Elmo wandered over to nuzzle my feet.

Yeah. Time to get up and stop feeling sorry for myself.

I wandered into the kitchen, poured myself a tall glass of Muscato, returned to my studio, and grabbed the remote. Sometimes when I’m down, mindless airwaves are just what I need. I clicked on the TV, prepared to change the channel … maybe HBO.

And right before me, in all his high definition glory, is Captain Jean Luc Picard. (Patrick Stewart … he of the Shakespearean trained voice, strong jaw, and mind like a grizzly bear trap)

Better yet, this episode is an all time favorite … The Enterprise crew (protagonist) versus the antagonist from hell, The Collective … better known as the Borg.

God, how I loved those Borg episodes. There was something so … Steven-Kingish about the idea … sacrificing the individual for the greater good of the group.

Steven King, huh? Remember how much you once loved to write, Deb? Remember how you’d sit outside under a tree and write poems … how you loved the feel of the pen in your hand?

The TV music grew louder … how far into this show have I daydreamed … and I remembered,

Here’s a short snippet showing the Borg as they it prepares to assimilate me — Deb Trotter the Star Trek Crew into its single “hive” mind. (Turn your speakers up a bit and listen carefully)

Love the Borg. Resistance is futile. It is pointless to fight. It won’t do you any good to run. Refusal will get you nowhere.

But the Borg underestimate Captain Jean Luc Picard.

Cool, calm, and collected, Captain Picard remains at the helm. He is not going to accept defeat, impossible is not in his vocabulary. Picard does not think Resistance Is Futile.

Sitting on the edge of the love seat now (when did I move?), and halfway through my glass of wine, I realize Picard has instructed the crew to be ready to fire on command. And … in the same manner …

I, the WRITER am asking you, the READER to ready your mouse and click on the video just after you’ve read the next sentence …

Captain Jean Luc Picard takes takes his seat at the helm … and as I smile and nod my head in recognition, he says …

(Click Now!)

Make it So.”

The Starship Enterprise blows the Borg into smithereens, the good guys are safe, and Captain Picard sealed the deal with three simple words.

M a k e   i t    s o.

You want to write again? I ask myselfMake it so.

The very next day, I contacted a neurologist. After several months of testing, I know what I’m dealing with …

A brain that can only focus on one thing … one day at a time. And a mind that understands Resistance is NOT futile.

Thank you, Captain Picard.


(Images ~ Wiki Commons)


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2 Responses to What I Learned From Captain Picard

  • Deb says:

    Liz, you’re absolutely right. There’s more to sic fi than meets the eye, if only people would allow themselves to see past the unfamiliar. There was so much to learn and examine about ourselves and where mankind is headed (or not) in each of the Star Trek series. I would loved to have heard your speech about Captain Kirk. I’ve always been fond of Spock as well … he was such a great counterpoint to the ever passionate Kirk.
    Like any other genre, science fiction can be brilliant … just look at the Si Fi Channel’s remake of Battlestar Galactica, with its highly respected actors, incredible writers, directors, and special effects crew. It may have been one of the best TV series ever made. And don’t even get me started on Science Fiction books and short stories. It amazes me how some of our American authors looked into the future and got it right.
    Thanks for the comment, Liz. Live long … and prosper!

  • lizandrashaw says:

    This is wonderful, Deb! I once gave a speech about how Captain Kirk saved my life. It was all about the multiverse and forgiveness. People who don’t watch or read sci fi don’t know what they’re missing.

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