I watched Silver Linings Playbook two nights ago with my wife. It had some heavy subject matters; mental illness, divorce, death, depression, OCD, domestic violence…and despite all this, it was whimsical, hilarious, and immediately earned a spot in the pantheon of great romantic comedies.
I don’t intend to review the film (although I may at some point), but it made me think about writing and the purpose of my blog. In the grand scheme, I don’t expect this blog to matter much to people outside of family, friends, and myself. If this is truly the purpose (connecting with family and friends, and personal catharsis), then I want the subtext to accurately represent my character. I think I’m failing to do that.
As I look through previous posts, I don’t think anything I’ve written is out of character, but it seems I mostly write about big, deep, complex, heavy things. I feel like I have to outdo myself every time…going deeper, more insightful, etc. Here’s a few examples of my recent articles that were 50% written but then given up on because I was too frustrated, perplexed, or overwhelmed with the subject matter:
- Think Before You Publish: How to lose friends and look like an idiot in one easy step.
- Why the media is making a big deal about gay athletes.
- Mumford And Sons is the new Rage Against The Machine. (I might finish that one).
- How singing competitions have caused us to become a judgmental bigoted society.
If this blog is sincerely to be about Sprung Rhythms or re-learning rhythms of life, then I’d do well to jot down the small things too: the stuff that seems inconsequential but actually matters most. It’s the stuff that’s real…not ideals, hypotheticals, or intangibles. Here’s a few ideas of things you might see on the blog in the near future:
- My “Pantheon” lists of great movies
- Local music and art in Spokane
- Daniel’s movies (The Banana Bandit series, and new projects).
- Eating ice cream
- Stuff about my kids (which may annoy you because they’re so damn smart and cute.)
I want my family and friends to know about the real stuff I love and enjoy….and who knows, maybe I’ll start really loving and enjoying things more myself.