Finding the voice of self
An Ordinary Disaster is one man's proof that despite what can often seem like our inability to hear it—and all of our attempts to avoid it—we can all learn to listen to and act upon the inner voice of self, wherein lies both our sanity and our soul.
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I’m a former paperboy, D&D player, skateboarder, geographer, programmer, and an entrepreneur who started his own small business at the age of thirty and successfully sold it at 45. I’ve been a lifelong outdoor athlete passionate about backpacking, trekking, trail running, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wing-foiling, paragliding, among other sports as well as a multi-lingual world traveler and adventure guide.
Over the same stretch of years, I was also a teenage boozehound until just before I turned forty-eight, unhealthy, addicted and depressed, anxious, unsettled, lonely, dissatisfied and disconnected from a sense of identity, self, and direction. I was often plagued by a feeling that I didn’t know what to do, didn’t want to do “it” alone, and I couldn’t imagine escaping the increasingly dark state of mind that I found myself in far too often.
My story is one of an “ordinary disaster”—one that involves no massive, dramatic catastrophe, but instead was a gradual, and fairly common descent through my teens, twenties, thirties and a contemporaneous recovery—or perhaps just development—that began with something I had a intuitive feeling about when I was just fifteen, and then began to resurface in my forties. Now in my fifties, I’m happier and healthier than I ever was—and I still struggle, as most of us do, with these same challenges, although their reverberations are weaker, and more like echoes behind what is now in the forefront of my consciousness most often: life.
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I write because I love language and ideas and feeling—and most of all—expression. I believe that stories are how we tell ourselves into being, both as individuals and as a culture, and I want to be part of that telling. It’s also about connection, something that I felt to suffer from a terrible lack of for many many years, and which I now value so very highly. Writing brings me into connection with myself, with others and with the world in a way that, for me, nothing else does. It’s helped me to be more me, and I think what we’re all here to do is to to be our unique selves as much as possible, and to bring ourselves into deeper connection with everyone and everything else as much as possible, because as much as we are our unique individual selves, we are also all connected.
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