In high school, I started to “teach” myself how to play the bass guitar. I write “teach” in quotes because I didn’t start with the foundational things. I didn’t know my scales or even what string was what. I just practiced tabs of other bands’ songs and tried to fake like I actually knew something.
One evening, the youth pastor came to me and asked if I would be willing to play with them. I was ecstatic. However, I was also pretty delusional. I thought I could just play what I thought sounded good. The problem was, I didn’t have a good grasp on aural skills either.
You show up to a social gathering you don’t know very many people at. You were invited by a close friend. You find your friend and he introduces you to someone you have never met. After exchanging names, the stranger asks, “So, what do you do?”
Why do I feel called to create? What is the purpose behind what I do? Where is my energy focused?
These are questions I’ve been pondering as I’ve listened to podcasts talk about work and brand building. Something in me began to turn a little as I listened. Am I interested in building a brand on myself? What is the purpose behind my writing?
Have you ever felt like you have nothing left to give? Unless you are a special kind of super-human, you probably have. Everybody has been to that place where things feel dried up. Whether its over-extending or just the demands of every day life, we are all going to come to the place of the dry well.
The Bible starts out with a poem. In this poem, God creates creation. He spends 6 days creating light, the stars, the earth, oceans, land, animals, and humankind. On the seventh day, God rested and saw that His work was good.
I’ve had this big, hairy, audacious goal for a long time. That goal is to write a book. Its a goal that I think a lot of people have but not very many people succeed at. Its a goal that I have used as an excuse to not pay attention to this blog.