I was going to make this an introduction to myself, which I honestly found difficult because I try my best not to think about myself too often (although oftentimes I find myself thinking of me more than I’d like). How do I define myself? Well, I suppose that’s a question we should all be asking ourselves. What we put our identity in, what we value, is what we use to answer the question “who are you”?
First and foremost, I am an adopted child of God saved by his grace alone. I do not believe myself to be a ‘good person’ on my own, but only through God’s power and mercy can I even hope to be ‘good’. I want more than anything to be good, funny, wise, and all other virtues combined, but daily I must humble myself and understand that anything good in me comes from God. I understand that not everyone who reads this blog will share the same spiritual views that I do and I do not intend to make this a religious blog, but for me personally, I can not define myself outside of God. He is what has gotten me this far. All good that I do is through him and for him.
Secondly, I am a writer, both fictional and non-fictional. I constantly have ideas for stories buzzing through my head (you could imagine how difficult it can be to get to sleep when your brain won’t stop buzzing about with creative ideas in the middle of the night). I must write them out lest these trapped thoughts and ideas drive me insane. My fictional niche is fantasy and science fiction. I am one of those “geeks” that enjoy Marvel and Lord of the Rings as well as the Chronicles of Narnia and DC Comics. I may very well end up using such references in further posts, so don’t be surprised if I mention something from X-Men or throw in a Lord of the Rings quote here and there. In fact, I intend to create e books based on a fictional world I created sometime in the near future. To be honest, I just don’t believe my life would be complete if I just ignored my creativeness. Fictional stories have been used throughout the world to pass down history, teach valuable lessons about the human condition, influence culture, help us see things through another’s perspective, entertain people and help them escape reality for a while as well as inspire hope.
I decided to start this blog because I have struggled with depression, anxiety, and a low sense of self worth with nothing going for me except for my creative talent. I have learned so far that self development is just as much of an art as it is a science, and when you change your mindset and you embrace creative thinking in every aspect of your life, you improve your life. For me personally, I can not separate the two and I know I’m not alone in that. So for those of you who can relate, welcome! You’ve come to the right place!
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t claim to be totally wise or that I already know everything there is to know about becoming your best self and creativity, but I do hunger to learn more about these things daily. Likewise, the more wisdom I so happen to find, the more I want to share what I’ve learned with others. So, in a sense, I am going on this journey of self-development right along with you. I’m more than excited to see where this road will lead us. Quite honestly, I’m hoping that this road of self-development will ultimately us to an unbreakable joy and peace, which the world is in such desperate need of.
My challenge to you (there will always be a challenge, we can’t hope to grow without them), is to think about who you are. How do you define yourself? What do you place your identity in? What do you hope to achieve in your life, and what steps are you taking to get there? I know that last part is so cliche and I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s something we often ignore. So, let’s get right to it together!