I have decided to start a blog sharing book and film reviews, observations, and a few other random notes and Internet finds (though positively NO cat pictures). Right now in my life I am trying to do it all: write a novel, get in shape, watch every Oscar-nominated movie, and pretty much live life on my own terms. Not unlike most other 20-somethings, I know.
In a way, I’m in the process of reinventing myself–writing has always brought me intrinsic joy, and this is the first of many, many steps to the career I truly want. The blog is also a result of reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It and asking myself the question, “Could I really spend my life following my passion?”
A problem that I’ve had in answering that question in the past is that I seem to have too many passions: I run marathons and train 60+ miles a week, I read voraciously, I watch 5-7 movies per week, and I try to write whenever I’m inspired (a habit I hope to amend to every day). For a while I thought I was spreading myself too thin and that I needed to pick one area. Then I realized that, to me, all of these things are really one area named ART. Even the long-distance running, which with me often resembles some grotesque performance piece. When I think of my dream job, I don’t think novelist or director or screenwriter or speaker, even though I’d love to do all of those things someday. I think artist. (This, despite the fact that I have never been very good at drawing or painting or those other more typical kinds of visual art.) Thus, this blog is going to seem pretty wide-ranging at times, but only because I myself can’t seem to specialize. I’m hoping it will turn out to be a strength, not a weakness. Time will tell.