Good blogs have focus. Good blogs have a mission statement and consistent deliverables. You know what to expect from good blogs, and you are rarely dissatisfied. Sorry, this isn’t a good blog.
I’m now a 21-year-old senior in college in Washington, DC. I was born and raised up in a former fishing village for immigrant Slavonian fishermen and Scandinavian farmers in Washington State.
But please don’t get the wrong impression: I’m neither a fisher nor a farmer. Practical skills are not my specialty. I am a nerd and try to be an athlete. I masqueraded as a musician, and I had a stint as a teacher. I’m a brother to three, a cousin to eleven, and a roommate to three.
If you are often annoyed or turned off by blogs–by the implicit suggestion that I think I often have something interesting to say and feel the need to publish it online, you are not alone. If that is you, then you may click out of this tab right now, because I am guilty as charged.
To tell the truth, I felt the same way about non-expert bloggers for a long time. But recently, I changed my mind. I decided that I want to spend more time putting my thoughts into words; more time creating. This blog will be an outlet to write and an encouragement to live an interesting, reflective life so that reading my posts does not remind you of watching CSPAN. So far, I have found that writing for an audience, no matter how small, is much more interesting and vulnerable than writing for just myself.
So here it goes.
This site will wind and meander through music, some books, some life questions, and some completely random ideas. I’m OK with that lack of strict direction, because I believe wandering is the most important single thing to do in your twenties.
I used to think I knew exactly what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be. Now, I don’t. While that seems like a step backwards, I’m inspired by what Baz Luhrman said in 1999:
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
When I am a fortysomething or sixtysomething, I will look back and wonder how I became the person that I am. This blog may provide some clues to solve that puzzle. And I hope it also motivates you to keep searching for who you are, what you believe, and how you want to live.
So please look around, explore the archives of the site, and most of all, leave a comment. If you have never before left a comment on a blog, today is a great day to start. Welcome to not just wandering.