As I begin to describe who I am, two things occur to me. First, this could be really lengthy. The older you get, the more history there is behind you, and all that history shapes who you are at this moment. Second, you probably didn’t come here to read a book. Therefore, I’ll skip most of the history, and keep it short and bullet-pointy.
I a 50-something, happily married man with a 7-year-old daughter who came late in life. The birth of my daughter at the age of 43 turned out to be the most significant, life-altering event of my lifetime. More on that in a minute. Some of the things I love are:
Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic (no really – I’m serious). I love nature and I’m a real sucker for a scenic view. My wife and I love our 40-acre spread in the country, and we grow a sizable raised-bed garden every year. We love to travel, but rarely meet our quota.
I have a nearly-insatiable appetite for learning new things and acquiring new skills. I don’t know why that is, and I don’t know how I’ll fit it all into the next 40 or 50 years. But then, ‘how’ and ‘why’ are two words that have pulled me down more paths than you can imagine. It is what it is.
Like most people, I hold pretty firm to certain political and religious views, but you won’t normally find them here, nor on my social media profiles or posts. It’s just not good for business, and I’m a big believer in trying to get along with everybody, even if I don’t agree with them. Besides, I reserve the right to change my mind.
A good friend of mine once gave me his two-word life philosophy: “Question Everything.” I liked it, so I adopted it. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be loyal or that you are wishy-washy. It just means you don’t always accept things at face value. Be open to challenging your own beliefs. It’s amazing how your world opens up when you ask questions.
I hate the labels that people put on each other, because it tends to force us to accept the entire stereotype associated with it, and that isn’t always the case. When you slap a label on a person, you’re saying two things: 1) I’m making a snap judgement about you and putting you into this category, and 2) I’m not willing to ask questions to challenge my belief about you, because that might jack up my whole belief system. Besides, I’m a sheep, and that’s what sheep do – put labels on things – because that’s what I learned to do from the evening news.
Wow – sorry, almost got off track there. I got sidetracked putting labels on sheep. See? It’s a hard habit to break. Anyway….
For most of my adult life, I’ve been involved in marketing, sales or a skilled trade. For most of the last two decades, I’ve owned a business of some sort. More often than not, the businesses have owned me – but that’s not a complaint, it’s simply a fact of life when you have a business and you depend on it for your livelihood.
Coming full-circle to the present, I started this blog to begin re-building my portfolio of writing and other pursuits. Why? Since the birth of my daughter, I’ve been in search of that elusive work-your-own-hours-from-anywhere job, so I can stay focused on being a Daddy.
For me, guiding a child to adulthood is the most awesome and exiting responsibility a person can have. The ultimate goal for me as a father is to teach her as much as possible, teach her critical thinking skills (including asking questions), and giving her a solid foundation of character. Essentially, to equip her for independent adulthood.
I’ve known all along that I would eventually return to my passions of writing and learning, and to me, if you can make a living following your passion – that’s the ultimate success.
By the way, if you want to check out my Professional Writing website, you can do so here.