Well I’m off to Park City!! Excited to have this chill weekend with some of my very best blends! I’ll be back late Sunday night, but until then, I want to introduce you to Scott (a boy blogger – gasp!). Not only is he a boy blogger, but he’s been my friend ever since high school. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Scott, but didn’t you win Most Talented??) EXTREMELY innovative/talented and incredibly funny, I know you’ll enjoy reading about some of his best decisions!
Thanks, Scott, for subbing for me!
Best decisions I’ve ever made.
The BEST decisions… not just the good ones, like passing on seafood salad at the flea market.
Here we go.
1. BEST DECISION! I married the most wonderful, beautiful, adorable, lovable, intelligent and hilarious person in the world. There is no question that this is the best decision I’ve ever made.
“But what if…?” you ask.
“What if you never met this spectacular person? What if through an odd and unexpected chain of events involving stolen library cards, a Hulk Hogan look-a-like, mild food poisoning and not one but TWO hobos named Cornbread…you missed your chance to ever meet your loving wife?”
Well, I can only imagine that instead of this…
My life would look something like this…
2. Getting in Shape!
The decision to lose weight and get healthy is not only relevant to this blog but really is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In early 2008, I stepped on the scale and saw the number 215. I was so shocked that I let go of all the helium balloons I was holding… that’s when sh!t got real. Two hundred and forty three pounds, I weighed. Which wasn’t all that bad for someone 6’ 3” but since I’m 5’ 7,” I decided something had to change.
So, I did what I was supposed to do. I ate healthy food, I exercised every day and there was so much water going in and out of me, it barely had time to get warm. After a year or so I had lost 60lbs and swore I’d never go back.
3. Learning to Play the Guitar!
Am I the inexplicable love child of Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins? Hardly.
I’m not incredibly skilled or knowledgeable and never had any lessons but I sure do enjoy it. I would encourage anyone to learn how to play at least one instrument because it is one of the most fulfilling skills you can learn. I engage in a myriad of creative hobbies like drawing, painting, woodworking, sculpting, and modern dance (the last one is a lie) and while I may be better at some of those things than I am at playing and singing, they’re not as fun. I actually made the guitar in the video out of a tree I cut down in my front yard, which is cool, but playing it is still the fun part.
5. Skipping Number 4!
I think it was a great decision to skip number four because I’m a guest here and it was mostly just questionable language and obscure references to breakfast cereal commercials from the 80’s.
6. Being Myself!
What a novel idea. It’s sounds so simple and yet so many people seem to struggle with it. To save time for the rest of this post, let’s call these folks Waddles. As in “Waddle people think?” and “Waddle people say?”
Now, the problem with Waddles is that they have a tendency to put what strangers might think about them ahead of what they actually want when making decisions. I strive to avoid Waddling whenever possible.
Beyond your standard Waddles you’ll find the Extreme Waddles. These are individuals who go to incredible lengths to appear as if they couldn’t care less what people think about them… because they actually care so much that they’d rather pretend to be someone they’re not than be seen as who they are.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t care or don’t think about what other folks might think about me. You can’t just ignore it. Well you can, just don’t be surprised when the job you’re hoping for goes to a person who didn’t wear paisley overalls and a captain’s hat to the interview.
I’m Me… and that’s cool because nobody else is Me. Only Me. You ain’t Me. You can’t be. Because I’m Me. See?
Now you’re thinking “Wait a minute… I am too Me!”
Nope, you’re You. You can walk around all day long calling yourself “Me,” my friend, but everybody else knows the truth. Don’t think so? Just wait until the next time a stranger needs to get your attention. I’ll bet they won’t yell “Hey ME! Yeah, Me in the blue shirt, come here for a second.”
Everybody’s Me and everybody’s You. That’s why We are Us. Dig it?
Okay, the whole Me/You thing just then was really stupid, I know, but it was really fun to write and I like fun… so there. I know a lot of folks will read that and think I’m weird and I’m fine with that. Think what you want, that’s my point.
7. Starting My Blog!
I know it’s supposed to be “5 Decisions” but I’m done after this one, I swear. As I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of creative hobbies and as you may have figured out, I’m a bit of a right-brained person. So, needless to say I’m not a big fan of boring day jobs. I thrive on creativity. I love humor and I love creating things and ideas. For these reasons, I created kindofsketchy.com which I’m hoping will someday earn its place as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (and get me out of my boring day job). It is my venue to share what I do and what I like because I’m going to do all this stuff anyway so why not share it? Maybe someone other than me will enjoy this stuff too, who knows? I’m really just getting it started so there is so much to be done and so much to add. It is my hope that I can use my blog to not only entertain and interest people but to create interest in my artwork and other creative skills. I believe that someday I will be making a living doing the things I love to do and I will then be able to say without a doubt that kindofsketchy.com was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Lastly, I want to thank Lindsay for allowing me this opportunity and of course all of you LL readers who actually stuck around and read all of my rambling. And like I said, I’m new to this blogging thing, so any advice and tips are most welcomed and appreciated!
If you would like to see a lot more of my artwork, you can visit my facebook art page. You can also follow me on Twitter @kindofsketch and of course, check out kindofsketchy.com if you get a chance… maybe something on there will make you laugh.
Well, well, my brother has a blog! As I say to everything else he does, It’s about time. Scott Clark is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. I’d say THE most talented but I’ve met Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson, but hey you are way up there! Can’t wait to listen to the the wisdom and wit and above all see the art work! Blow me away brother, and find a way to make lots of money; you know you’ll be keeping me up some day. He thinks I’m joking.
Hilarious. Thanks for brightening up my lunch break. :)
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I think it is really great that you are now starting your own blog. I am now a fan. Looking forward for more entertaining and informative posts.
Thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.
I am impressed on all accounts!! Huge congrats to you for turning your life into this! :)
Thank you very much!
Thank you all very much!
Sounds like you have made some great decisions – starting with your gorgeous wife!!
Very cool that you made your guitar – my husband is self-taught on the guitar but he just bought his!!
Thanks! She is pretty great. Also, buying a guitar is the way to go… better quality and a lot fewer band-aids required in the process.
love this post! the fact that you made the guitar is so cool! my goal is to teach myself to play this summer :)
I love that you love this post. Best of luck with the guitar.
Made the guitar?! I’m impressed.
Thanks! Yeah, I made it from scratch. Quite a bit of it is from a tree that I cut in my front yard.
Yay a boy blogger! Lovely to meet you :)
Hahaha, is it bad that I was thinking exactly the same thing? Heading over to check out your blog now, Scott!
It’s lovely to meet you too.