where in I speak at comic con, kind of.

See?  Comics are highly appropriate for any audience.  Just ask your local pastor.
Comics: helping reach audiences of all ages, forever.

I’m preparing to speak to a bunch of high school students at an (as described to me) Comic Con-esque convention next week – and to say that I’m growing more and more excited as the days progress would be an understatement.  The title of my presentation?  “Look at What Gives You Life: How I Became a Writer.”  Because, as I’ve written before, I think each one of us can look back on our lives, to when we were 8, 12, 16 and 20 years old, to see what little (and big) parts of who we so naturally are have given us life.

Maybe, in the second grade, you found yourself lining up your stuffed animals around the chalkboard in your bedroom.  You gave them each a pen and paper and began leading them in a rousing round of “School.”

Perhaps your worried mama found you and your buddy playing “Scientist” in the backyard shed, mixing various substances together in order to achieve The World’s Bestest Scientific Concoction.

Whatever it was, maybe these are just stories of your childhood – but then again, maybe they’re not.  Maybe they speak to that part of you that’s always been YOU, to those parts of you that haven’t died through education and vocation and time, that continue to remain.  Because, as my friend Heather put it, “What gives you life, joy, excites you?  Is it being with people, horses, working on cars? Then, DO THAT & do it well.”  YES.

So that’s what I’m working on and through and around right now – and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t be more excited to share with these high school friends on Monday!

So, the talk?  It’s a little bit of this, and a little bit of that:

*It’s a little bit of my “Who was I?” story growing up.  And since I was a pretty weird kid, this is bound to be, well, fantastic.  

*It involves partially-extracted nuggets of wisdom from Parker Palmer’s, Let Your Life Speak. That book was a life-changer for me, no joke.

*It’s about my own adult vocational path, where in the twinges of writing and speaking along the way – you guessed it – gave me life.

*And we’re even going to bust out some wisdom from Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, who coined the Multiple Intelligence Theory.  I mean, who doesn’t love a handout with its own academic comic?  Bam.

Photo cred: Marek Bennett.
Photo cred: Marek Bennett.

So friends, as I continue to work on this presentation, one last part I’d love to throw in is quotes from YOU, my readers, my friends: whatever your profession, how has the story of your life been woven together to help bring you to where you are now?  

I’d love to hear from a variety of folks – so, tell us your story now!

xo, c.

5 thoughts on “where in I speak at comic con, kind of.

  1. I was a total band geek in high school, and eventually became the drum major for the marching band, bandleader for the jazz band and student conductor for the concert band. The skills I had to learn to bring all those groups into their melodies, harmonies and rhythms come in handy in the courtroom when I’m orchestrating attorneys, witnesses, jurors and staff.

    Still a total band geek, Cara.

    1. Ugh. I love this – and I was hoping that I’d be able to use your vocation as an example. It’s intriguing! PS: You the band geek, me the choir nerd.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  2. I can honestly say, I was probably lucky there were no smart phones when I was little, because my parents would have never been able to touch theirs! 🙂 From the time I had the dexterity to hold a camera, there was one in my hands. I took pictures of everything and nothing, every chance I could. I would beg mom to buy an extra pack of FILM for me to take to Bible camp, because four rolls, for five days, might just not be enough! And, I was usually right. Looking back, I was lucky to have parents that were willing and able to spend the money on developing film – especially since I didn’t have as much skill as heart back then. There were back yard photo shoots with girlfriends starting in late elementary school and carrying on through college. Nobody in my family carried (or carries) a camera, because they know I will have mine nearby. I have learned that the kind of extrovert I am is the one who doesn’t love crowds of strangers. However, if I can watch from behind my camera and find the people that are living life in a way that draws me in, I might sneak out from behind my clicker to say hello. I can re-live almost any scenario I can capture, and therefore, this life-giving device is one that just keeps on giving me life. My favorite part of being a photographer is catching those special moments when humans connect with emotions that just happen. Even though I am on the outside, I get to live through those moments, and I find nothing more fulfilling! 🙂

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