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.
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!