I haven’t been keeping up with my blog very well the past few weeks. I certainly don’t think I’m the best writer in the world and it sometimes it seems like I don’t have anything important to say that someone else hasn’t already said. And I guess since the name of my blog has the word photography in it, I feel obligated to only post when there are pictures involved. I’ve decided not to think that way anymore.
This morning I was reading this book:
It’s written by Donald Miller. After he wrote his successful best-selling memoir, some filmmakers asked him if they could make a movie about his life. Over the course of several months they brainstormed about how to make his life seem more “interesting” on film. At first he is offended that they are suggesting his life is not interesting enough, but then he embraces the opportunity to look back and edit his life into a great story, thus encouraging him to actually live a great story the first time around.
Ah, this book could not have met me at a better time. I feel so understood and inspired by it. My greatest fear really is living a boring life. Which actually seems weird to me. I’m not the biggest fan of change, I’m not a huge risk taker, and I hate being uncomfortable. But yet, I have this fear of waking up one day when I’m old and realizing my life was…not that interesting. I’ve followed a lot of rules and met a lot of expectations in my 22 years, which is not a bad thing, but I’m not really buying it anymore. “It” being the go to college – get a job – get married – save some money – buy a house – have some kids when there’s enough money to buy them lots of junk – go on a few trips – retire early – and play golf with my rich friends until I die kind of dream. Of course, I want some of those things for myself, but I think most of us want our story to be more adventurous and daring than that! I want to fail at a few things and succeed at the most important thing- loving Jesus more than ALL of it.
“When Steve, Ben, and I first started working together, I didn’t want Don to embrace conflict. I wanted it to be an easy story. But nobody really remembers easy stories. Characters have to face their greatest fears with courage. That’s what makes a story good. If you think about the stories you like most, they probably have lots of conflict. There is probably death at stake, inner death or actual death, you know.”
A few minutes after I read this part of the book, I turned on the TV to watch Ellen, whom I adore. She hosts a lot of giveaways and today’s was this videogame for Kinect.
The game scans your body and puts you in your favorite movies, where you can recite quotes from your favorite movies and literally see yourself doing it. First, I thought how creepy and then I thought I’m not surprised. And then I thought that’s kind of like Inception. By pretending to be your favorite actor in your favorite film, it’s kind of like living a dream inside a dream inside a dream. If you want to be an actor THAT badly go and do it and save the $300! I’m kind of joking and kind of not. I know there is a time to just have fun and pretend, but I think we spend a whole lot of time watching other people’s interesting stories unfold instead of living one. I’m preaching to myself here.
I think it’s time for me to make a bucket list.