There is a lot I don’t write about on this blog. In particular, I don’t write about personal stuff. I’m not a guy that likes to share his feelings and the number of people I talk to about personal stuff is really, really small. In fact, it might just be zero. Moreover, when you write about personal stuff, you tend to come across as either a nutjob or an overly sensitive emo who is looking for pity and a hug. That’s not me.
However, I want to talk about something personal, because in a way its not too personal, and probably isn’t a big secret.
If I look back on my life (yeah, its one of these rants) at almost every period of my life I can look back at something I accomplished with pride. Something I can point to and say “yeah, I did that”. These things range from debate accomplishments, academic honors, becoming an Eagle Scout (yes, I am one), coaching accomplishments, business success, and even some (very) limited success in the area of personal relationships.
Much of the reason for whatever I have done comes from my personality type. I know what I am. My parents never went to college. I was the first in my family to go. I was told by my 8th grade teach that I’d never amount to anything (literally), and I remember her saying how good she was in debate. Much of my original reason to join debate had to do with giving her a big “Fuck you, I can do better than you ever did”. (And i did. I have never seen or spoken to her after the 8th grade)
When I started to work for myself, I was told by a lot of people, flat out, that I’d never make it. A big “Fuck you” to them too.
When I coached debate after college I put a lot of time into it. A LOT. I made like $6,000/year and put in more hours than a full time job. The team did well and I never once cared about the money or the time because we were winning. It was fun.
When I was in Boy Scouts, I even took that seriously. I was awarded the Vigil Honor, which is more prestigious than becoming an Eagle Scout (even though hardly anyone has heard of it).
When I was running CIS, I had a lot of fun, and I think most of the people that worked there did too.
Am I tooting my own horn? Perhaps. But the point I am trying to make is that everything I did I had a passion for. A passion almost to the exclusion of everything else. Fuck the world and damn the torpedoes type passion. Even if other people didn’t see it, I knew it and it was what drove me.
Its not just things I can point to as accomplishments either. My reading interests, the woman I’ve dated, music, almost everything has been driven by a passion for something, even if the passion is short lived.
In the last 5 years of my life, however, there isn’t much I can point to and say “yeah, I did that”. I’m living off past accomplishments, and I hate that. I really hate that. As good as my 20’s were, my 30’s have been most unimpressive. A failed business and a failed long term relationship. Nothing much else I can think of and can point to as an accomplishment. Nothing to be proud of.
Most of my problems stem from a lack of passion, or rather a lack of an outlet for passion.
I haven’t had a real date in about 5 years. The primary reason for that is I haven’t met anyone who I find interesting (and who is available. That last part always being the sticking point.). I’ve had business ideas, but so far I haven not had enough enthusiasm to pursue them. I decided to go back to school in part because science was something I had a passion for, but honestly I find much of the undergrad work that is required to be complete and total drudgery.
I am not a political person. I have my views and beliefs, but they are not held to such a passionate extent that I’m going to hit the streets or run for office. (In fact, most of my political views would prohibit me from hitting the streets).
I have no answers. I have no grand plan. I’m just throwing this out there. You could say I’m just pissing and moaning and you’d be right.
I’m in a funk, and I don’t know how to get out of it.
Your comments are welcome and appreciated.
*Proudly stolen from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats.