You go to a party or an event surrounded by new people and the first thing that happens is the introduction. It's this five-minute exchange where questions are asked and answered. We ask each other the basics: “What do you do?” “Where are you from?” “Who do you know?” And that is basically it. We give each other simple answers—I would say I'm from Richmond, Va. I am a photographer and a secretary, and a friend of that gal over there. You'd give me your answers and in them we would look for some sort of common ground. The conversation remains within the walls of those questions, and either it ends just as quickly as it began or it may linger over a couple of other topics, probably about the food, or if you like the wine, but then it basically ends.
During that small interaction you’ve gotten the highlight reel of my life—all the positive, or easy things I want you to know about me because that's really all we want to know about the other person, at least in the beginning. We want to know “Who are you?” but just the cliff notes version, which is great because that's the question I have been trying to answer myself for years. I think pretty much every single one of us is working on figuring out the answer to that question, and you know what, it's OK if you don't know because it's something that is forever evolving. When I tried to ask myself this at the age of 16, how I responded is way different than how I did some 20 years later, and even that response will be different than what I think 10 years from now. I’ve learned that it's nothing to really be afraid of, rather to see it as an adventure. The stories that happen in the in-between time, the good and the bad, give us better insight into truly finding out who you are—and maybe, just maybe, this little space will help us both figure that out.
This blog is going to be a journey; it's a space where I will look at Family, Mission, and Culture through the lens of my experiences, all while asking the question, “Who are you?” The topics I'll be looking at are varied and an extension of my passions. I'll be talking about my life story, my quest for wholeness, things related to being an adult—or at least trying to be—even movies and TV shows that I'm really into. Through all of this it comes back to that basic question. All of these topics are really puzzle pieces that will allow me and us to dig a little deeper. My desire is that as you come along with me on this journey, you will see yourself in these situations, you'll be able to ask yourself the same questions, and maybe we can all figure out the answer together, knowing that it may change the next day but being OK with resting in the not knowing. I'm excited to take this journey with you all, and I hope that wherever this takes us is an absolute blast.