A recent work meeting, one of my managered stood up and asked us to perform a very simple task. She said “Say your name and tell me something interesting.”
One guy said he made soap. That was probably the most interesting thing said (and that’s mostly because it made me think of Fight Club). What did I say?
“I’m growing a mustache for the month.”
That’s what I said. That was the most interesting thing I could think of.
Is My Life Really That Lame?
Do I simply exist? Is my job my reason for living? Does it define me? Certainly there was something better I could have said.
If you were in that situation, what would you have said? Would your answer be equally lame? If so, there could be a few reasons for that.
Maybe your life is that lame. Maybe you go to a job you don’t care about during the day and sit at your house and do absolutely nothing at night. And maybe that tears at you.
It’s possible you don’t say anything because you don’t like where you are in life. Because you would rather be anywhere but the place you are sitting at that moment.
Is your life just one big blank page? Are you afraid others might find out? There’s no point in hiding. If your life is a hallow, boring, shapeless mass, people are going to figure it out sooner or later.
Here is the thing though: your life is only as boring as you live it out to be.
It Starts with a Dream
Did you see Disney’s Tangled? You should. It’s hilarious (and quite touching). In the film, there is a musical number called “I’ve Got a Dream ”. The song goes on to say that everyone has a dream whether they’re a criminal, a drunk, or a nobody.
And I’m sure you have a dream too. Why not tell people about it? You want to tell someone something interesting? Tell them you plan on owning and operating a restaurant one day.
The problem is, a dream can only last so long. You can’t go to your deathbed proclaiming your dream if you aren’t doing anything to follow it. Once you’ve told other people about your dream, you have an obligation to follow through, to pursue your dream.
If you aren’t chasing the dream, then your dream is not interesting.
When Ideas Become Reality
Once a thought becomes an action, something interesting happens. Your life becomes less boring. What if you wrote out that song idea in your head? What if created that epic desert you saw on TV? What if you actually went to a foreign country or road your bike across America or helped those less fortunate?
We’re so good at having ideas. We suck at making those ideas happen.
But maybe you have made them happen. Maybe your life isn’t as boring as you think. Maybe you’re just scared to put yourself out there or you have an inferiority complex. Are you waiting for the right opportunity?
Maybe you’re waiting for someone to go first. Okay, I’ll go.
About a year ago, I wrote this song for the youth group I help out with. They didn’t know what the word Yahweh meant. I had an idea of how to fix that problem, and I made it happen. Feel free to give it a listen:
There it is, something interesting about myself. Now it’s your turn.
Tell Me Something Interesting
I like to know the interesting facts about people. Whether it’s things you’ve done, things you’re doing, or things you dream of doing, I want to know. I don’t want this blog to be all about me. I want to share other people’s stories. So tell me something.
If it’s something small, comment below. Link a video or a sound clip or a website. Post something exciting on our Facebook wall (found here). If it’s something bigger, feel free to email me (click here).
And if you really, really don’t have anything whatsoever. Find something. Now. Please.