Trying something a little new here… Maybe someone is interested enough to read through to the end! I’ve been wading around the edges of being more open about my personal life, but today I’ve decided to dive head-first. For a while now, I’ve actually gone out of my way to keep division between my personal and professional lives… as if they were just 2 different people… but now I think I’ve been going about this all wrong. You can feel free to correct me, but I don’t think I’m the only one out here who is completely fed up with the constant stream of products being sold to me, and this includes personalities! So it occurred to me that I probably shouldn’t try to make myself just another of those cookie-cutter personas! I’m not naming names here, just recognizing a trend. I don’t want to make myself another packaged item… picture perfect, and vying for your consumption as if you are only interested in a plastic, skin-deep facade. It scares me that I could be way off, but I don’t think people prefer an image over the real person. Only time will tell, I guess.
I don’t think it’ll surprise anyone to find out that I’m pretty average… I have dreams for what I want to do with my life, and some of them have already become reality. I married my high-school sweetheart straight out of college and have 3 beautiful daughters with him. Now, I’m working on my professional dream. Some may say that I’ve done things backward… that I should have focused on my career first, especially since I want to work in the entertainment industry where youth and sex-appeal are valued above just about everything else. They may end up being right, but I only did what I felt was right for us, and I have to trust that everything will work out for the best… that people will be able to look past my age and actually appreciate the music enough to feel that it’s worth spending some of their hard-earned money and all-too-valuable time upon. This brings me back to deciding not to make myself just one more item in an endless parade of products being sold to you on a daily basis. For me, I’m interested in people who I feel a connection to… the captains and crews on Deadliest Catch who aren’t putting on a show, but are inviting us into their world because it’s what they love; the folks that Mike Rowe features on his shows, Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It (yep, I’m a total geek, but we’ll save that for another conversation). Those people aren’t trying to sell an image… they’re just being who they are. Like I said, I’m interested in connections, and I’m betting that I’m not alone. So, that’s why I want to start writing about these not-so-little tidbits… not to convince you that I’m someone special so you’ll want to buy my music, but to share who I really am in the hope that you’ll be interested enough to keep listening as I try to make my dream come true.
In his 2014 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey talked about the 3 things he needs in his life… someone to look up to, someone to look forward to, and someone to chase. I can identify with everything he said, and so now, I’m also chasing my vision of who I want to be in 10 years. The goal is constantly being moved forward so that I’ll never stop working on becoming a better me… not just in my career, but in my life as a whole, because everything is connected. Again, I don’t think I’m unique in this. I think when we get past the surface differences, we’re all very similar. In these times, we need to focus more on how we’re alike rather than how we can separate ourselves. So, I guess that’s the ultimate goal of these, and why I’m done with protecting an image. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, and I’ll make sure to reply. I’m really looking forward to having a conversation with you.
Lots of Love,