Hello, my friend.
This is the page where the author usually tries to impress you with their accomplishments.
That may be the biggest reason why I’ve never really liked writing an “about me” page.
Usually, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to sound “good” on paper. For me, that just triggers free-floating guilt with some people-pleasing thrown in.
Left on its own, my mind just never lets me feel that I’ve measured up to my inner image — or to the expectations that my chattering little voice imagined other people had for me.
(Has that ever happened to you, too?)
But this time, I’d rather just see where being as genuine as I can be — after all the years of inner turmoil — leads.
At my age, the game of fitting-in takes too much energy.
I hope, though, that making simplicity a habit gets easier with time.
What have I done with my three-score and seven circuits around the sun?
To keep body and soul together, I’ve worked as a photographer and a photo editor, been trained to do counseling, toiled for a major catalog and internet retailer as an SEO marketing writer, and failed spectacularly at launching a regional online magazine.
Along the way, an embarrassing number of boilerplate jobs helped me make ends meet.
Today I’m starting a new adventure.
Rather than going through the motions of showing interest in the few jobs available here in semi-rural southern Oregon, I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do for a very long time: Starting my own internet business.
Recently I responded to an ad for an annual online training called The Quick Start Challenge. It’s run by a young man in the UK named Dean Holland. Frankly, I don’t even know exactly what this business will be about, just yet.
But I’m excited about discovering what it can become.
I might only discover that I am just a silly old fool.
But even silly old fools need hope.
This should be quite a ride.