Back when this blog was more personal, I started a series called “People Who Create Awesome Things,” but I ran out of steam and quit doing them a while back. Well, I had a little time this afternoon and thought I’d use it to write about another one of those people, one of my all-time favorite singers, Jon Foreman.
Last night, I watched the final episode of the BBC documentary, Planet Earth, and it reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve highlighted an awesome creation. So this week’s shout-out goes to David Attenborough and the whole BBC crew for putting together one of the most beautifully filmed and globally expansive documentaries I’ve ever seen.
I’m a true introvert so I need a lot of alone time to recharge, especially when there’s more stress than usual in my life, as there was last Fall. During that season, I got into the habit of leaving work on my supper break and walking down by the river, a nice little half-hour of solitude that got me through the shift. Sometimes I would put headphones on and listen to music; and it was during one of those times (I remember the occasion well) that I first heard the song for today’s episode of People Who Create Awesome Things: November Rain by Guns N’ Roses.
The other day, something awesome happened to me: I was at Goodwill and I saw three Calvin and Hobbes books sitting on the shelves, which of course I summarily put in my cart. The next few days were full of humor and nostalgia, as I remembered exactly why Bill Watterson is one of history’s great cartoonists.
I’ve always admired people who are willing to be honest about who they are. Not just with themselves or a couple trusted friends, but openly. I think the world has surprisingly few such individuals – many seem more interested in presenting themselves to the world as the image of what they think the world expects and approves. But to me, the most beautiful a person can be is when they set aside the expectations of their family, the subculture in which they were raised, and society at large, and simply say, “This is who I am”. That’s not an easy thing to do, and I don’t just mean because of the immense pressure to conform. I speak in terms of fundamental ability – years of living in various levels of community and negotiating the complex dance of living up to expectations can make you a stranger to your own self. I suspect some people never really get to know themselves as the person they’d naturally gravitate toward becoming because they’re so busy pleasing everyone else.
For my next episode of People Who Create Awesome Things I decided to highlight my love of classics. I’ll give a few thoughts on classic literature in general before I introduce my chosen selection.
I’ve decided to start a weekly (-ish) series about people who create awesome things. The blog has already decided to become mostly personal, which is ok for now. I still have a lot of my story to tell. But it gets kinda awkward talking about oneself all the time, so I was thinking I should break it up a bit by talking about others who have inspired me. Authors. Musicians. Educators. Scientists. Basically anyone who’s created something with enough awesomeness to blow me away. I’ll just link to the awesome creation each time and explain in a few paragraphs why it inspired me.