Motivation comes in all different shapes and sizes.
My “kick-in-the-pants” came from a famous, Christian, satire writer named Jon Acuff. I’ve been reading his stuff for years. I enjoy laughing at his ridiculous Instagram posts and have even tried to master the ever awkward “side-hug” that he has popularized. I’ll admit though, my favorite blog posts are his “Serious Wednesday” posts. He always catches me with the sneaky liver jabs on Wednesdays. He’ll hook you with his wit then nail you with his wisdom.
A few weeks ago, he posted a dare– to join in an adventure. All you had to do was e-mail him your name and address. Then, wait. And I essentially forgot about it. Maybe it had just been a ploy to get more e-mail addresses so he could sell them and buy a new car. But sometimes adventures take time. And sometimes they come out of nowhere.
So, when I received an e-mail from Jon Acuff on July 3rd I was pretty sure I had been Punk’d. Nice try, Ashton. I see what you’re doing there. But it wasn’t a joke or a marketing scheme. It was a genuine invitation to link up with roughly 2,000 other people and start something.
And here I am. Starting something. Starting something that I should have started years ago, but decided that being insecure and fearful was easier than growing a pair. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m still afraid. I’m still struggling with the idea of starting this blog. The internet needs one more blog like Walmart needs another mullet sporting customer. I’m certainly not going to try and convince you that my blog will somehow stand out from all the rest. Truth is: it probably won’t.
And yet, in the sea of blogs I’m adding mine with the hopes that whoever crosses its path with get something from it. Be it a laugh, an awkward story to share with friends, or some wonderfully placed wisdom that sneaks in and encourages you or ignites a passion in you that had grown cold.