I wouldn’t call him my friend. Acquaintance (really – was it that hard to spell this word? I had to misspell it in Google to get there because spellcheck in WordPress gave up.)? Someone that I kinda know.
I’ve known of Jon Acuff for years. I followed Stuff Christians Like before it was cool. I’ve got all the books – some of them even signed. He tweeted about my mission trip to India last year to help me raise funds – but this was trading on the fact that we also knew each other in real life because his daughter was in my Sunday School class. (Yeah.. that blog has kinda fallen by the wayside…. *guilty look*)
I’ve learned a lot from Jon. I know the 5 stages of the V-neck t-shirt and can readily spot them on the street. And the Hipster worship leader? I also cannot help but think of bringing someone a cake every time I halfway raise my arms in praise at church. But over the years, he has moved from just telling funny stories but using them to inspire people to pursue their own dreams.
To Quit. But not being stupid about it. If you are going to quit, you need a plan.
And now – to Start.
I’m guilty of this as much as anyone else. It is so easy to be average and coast along. Is everything hunky-dorey? The bills are paid and food in the fridge. There is a kitteh on my lap and another asleep on the AV receiver because that is where the warms are. Life is good.
But is it?
For the longest time, it gnawed at me. Things are ok but isn’t there something more? Am I meant for more than this? 1000 sermons preached every New Year tell you “Yes – you are meant for more.”
And probably like me you stare back and go “So how in the world do I get there? Telling me I’m destined for awesome is fine… but I have no idea how to get there.”
In Quitter, Jon talks about finding what you love to do is an act of rediscovery. To often, we think that finding what we want/love to do is supposed to be this big thing. But it usually rediscovering that love of something you used to do. For me, it is dance and writing. I love dance. Much like Firefly, I can wear people out talking about dance. I will tell you stuff about dance that will never show up on Jeopardy. And the same with Firefly. In fact, I have been warned by a friend of mine that if I get into Doctor Who the same way I am into Firefly, she will come over and rip out my Uverse box and take away my TV.
The other is writing. I wrote my first books when I learned out to write. When I moved out my old house several years ago, I found one that I wrote in the 5th grade about my classmates and an oddly shaped school building that needed to be propped up by ladders (we were in portables that year… maybe that had an influence on it).
To that end, I started blogging back before blogging was cool. But then life got in the way and it became a chore, especially to focus on trackbacks and readers and visiting people. AHH! Too much work! Now, I want to write what entertains me. Hopefully, other people will enjoy it, too. [Edit to add that I like writing mostly because I love telling stories. I LOVE… LOVE telling stories.]
As an aside, I am splitting my writing time between here and Stuff Heard on the Bus.
I’m ready to stop being average and Start being awesome. If you pre-order through the site, you get a ton of cool free stuff. Just sayin’.
As Yoda would say, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” So punch fear in the face!