This blog is for you if:
- You are an artist.
- You create things.
- You do stuff just because you think it’s awesome.
- You tell people about your ambitions and they get kinda awkward.
- You admire original ideas more than mainstream success.
- You want to be encouraged and inspired to keep creating.
If you agree with any of the above, we’ll get along just fine.
Being an artist, of any kind, can potentially be annoying. People who have no interest in creating, inventing, or imagining don’t seem to get us “artsy” weirdos.
For instance, the most common response I get when I tell people I am writing a book is, Why?
Yes. Freaking, Why?
Um… because I like writing?
Is it going to be published?
I don’t know.
So, you’re writing a book and you don’t even know if it will be published?
Yes. But I’m not writing a book solely because my goal is to get published. I’m writing a book because my goal is to write a book. I like writing. I like creating. I don’t need a publisher to do that. And not having one isn’t going to stop me from doing something that I enjoy. I’m just doing it because I enjoy doing it.
If this concept makes sense to you, you’re probably an artist.
I am lucky though. Despite my many endeavors, I have had great support from friends and family. My parents have always encouraged me to chase my dreams. I have been married for two years and my wife (who is awesome) puts up with my endless creative tomfoolery everyday. I also have amazing friends who believe in me and encourage me consistently.
Still, as nice as all of these people are, most of the time, I still feel like they think I’m crazy.
Admittedly, I have some lofty ambitions. I want to be a best-selling author, a Grammy-winning producer and songwriter, a lucrative investor, a successful entrepreneur, and just an all-around good person–to name a few. I don’t need these things. But it’d be cool. Even if I don’t realize any of those dreams, I’m going to enjoy the journey. I already am.
I want to do it all and, for some reason, I believe that I can. I’ve been writing for a long time. I just finished my first book, Can You Dig It?, and I started on my second book yesterday. I have written and recorded hundreds of songs, for myself and others. I have my own successful recording business and I have immersed myself in books on investing and business practice for quite a while. And most importantly, I dedicate myself to a life of faith in Christ that is leading me to become a better person.
I’m putting in the hours. I’m working at it. Why should I think that I can’t do it all?
So many people have told me exactly that: You can’t do it all! I actually stopped painting and writing for a while because I thought I could only do music. But how stupid is that? Why do people tell me I can’t do it all?
Can’t I at least try?
I started this blog because along this arduous journey to become everything I aspire to be, I want to chronicle my thoughts and feelings. I want to remember all the good, bad, and completely random things that I think and feel.
Also, I want to have some fun. I just want to write something and enjoy it. No pressure. No stress. No deadlines. No worrying about whether or not it will get published. Just leisurely writing whatever I want, whenever I want.
I want to share. I want to share my random thoughts and make myself an open book. I want to share my music. I want to share my writing. I want to share my painting. I want to share my business ideas. I want to share my failures and successes. I want to share myself… and maybe some pictures of my dog, Koa.
Most of all, I want to try to encourage and inspire you. This is the main purpose of the blog.
If you’re like me and you have lofty ambitions and you feel like other people just think you’re crazy, I want you to know you’re not alone (but I cannot guarantee that you’re not crazy). I also want you to know that, just as I believe in myself, I believe in you too. Why? Because people who chase their dreams, stay true to themselves, and never give up are rewarded. Not always with money and fame, but always with something much better: genuine fulfillment.
Even if my life ended and I hadn’t accomplished any of the goals that I set and worked so hard for, if I encouraged and inspired a few, that would be a life well spent.
And I mean that.
This blog is for us dreamers. For us oddballs who still listen to that nagging child inside, telling us to do something just because it’s awesome.
And for all of you who think me and my creative cohorts are just weird and idealistic, I have but one thing to say to you:
You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will be as one…
You just got John Lennoned.
And with that, my first post is done. Time to get back to work!