In his book, Telling the Truth, Frederick Buechner wrote that we don’t just live in the world, but a world lives in us. Our inner world is a combination of our dreams and fears, our memories and longings, our worries and hopes, our passions and regrets, all culminating in an inner place that is as alive to us as the physical world we live in. The truth is, we are all bearing witness to this place of existence and seeking to share that part of us with others.
I was having coffee with a dear friend of mine the other day and we got to talking about art and music and our shared desire to pursue these avenues. My friend told me that often the problem is, we begin any meaningful pursuit in the arts with an end goal in mind. We believe we are supposed to be like him or her, and we measure our success against theirs. Deep down, we know this is completely unfair since we often judge the end of someone’s career with our beginning, but at the same time, it’s unfair because we are not a carbon copy of that person. As my friend said, “You don’t have to be Bob Dylan.”
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice most of my tweets revolve around three distinct things: Quotes from people I like, retweets of semi-appropriate Zach Braff comments, and basketball. That’s pretty much it. And the truth is, in my heart of hearts, I am a baller. Like, for reals though.
I’ve successfully avoided “blogging” for a few years now. I always told myself I didn’t have time to update a blog and I really wasn’t interested in sharing my thoughts. Recently, though, I read a book that changed my perspective. The book is called a Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. And it was excellent. Miller talks about the importance of story in our lives, and how every choice we make adds a chapter in the book that is our life. Some of us choose to live good, exciting stories, while others end up settling and live a story they’re not proud of. The book made me pause and think about the story I am living now and also made me curious about how my friends and family are living, and the adventures they are pursuing. I thought a blog would be a perfect way for me to share my story so far with others and also to hear about their journeys.
I will probably write about my random thoughts and college hoops most of the time. Simon Cowell once said “If you’ve got a big mouth and you’re controversial, you’re going to get attention.” I like attention, I think. I’m more interested in hearing what others have to say though. I’ve never used this thing before, so please add me and lets enjoy conversations about life and the stories we’re living.