Every 100 posts I’ve made a point of pointing out that I’ve made another 100 posts. This is the tenth such hallmark (if you do the math, you’ll see that I’m right, and also that I might secretly be Captain Obvious), and upon reaching it, after almost four years of posting five nights a week, without fail, since May 28, 2010, I’ve decided no longer to keep to such a demanding posting schedule. And so …
I’m going ad-hoc.
I will now only post when a subject strikes my fancy. You might get five posts in a week, you might get only one, but it will be much less frequent either way. I will not cease to write, but I will write as my other activities permit.
And those activities will be many.
Starting this weekend, this site will be converted into a sell-me site, focused on presenting myself and my skills as a freelancer, doing what I’m learning to do better and better every day.
- Novelist / Writer
- Graphic and Publication Design
- Voice Work
- Professional emcee
And so that’s the future. But what about the past? I mean, four years is a lot of time. A lot of writing. Where have I been?
My name is Christian Michael.
Today I turn 28, my golden birthday, and also begin a new phase of my life. Yesterday I left a fantastic job with the 22nd Air Force to begin a position known in the Air Force Reserve world as an Individual Mobility Augmentee, and will be based out of Joint Task Force, Fort Monroe, Virginia.
My plan (que God laughing at me) is to spend the next three years traveling, working at various units performing a variety of tasks, get promoted to Master Sergeant, attend online courses to get my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, apply for and attend Officer Training School, and publish two more novels beyond the one I just wrote.
I hope to meet lots of new people, see many new things, make new loves and a name for myself. Should you choose to follow me on this journey, I would, indeed, be honored. Be aware, I’m opinionated, political and irreverent for most things. My personal motto: Life is too short to take too seriously, and too long to worry about today.
So, to start us off, today I’m spending my birthday relaxing with a friend, running some mild, entertaining errands, going to my going away/birthday dinner and to see Prince of Persia. It’s gorgeous outside, the weather is nice and God is good, even if I’m not so much.
And let me make this clear, I don’t think my daily life is all that exciting. “Brushed my teeth around 7 pm” is not likely to be listed in my blog unless I had a revelation while cleaning my molars and just NEED to detail it. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my trips and my ramblings!
That was my first post. And wow, have I come a long way since then. I projected three years on the road and two more books published. But I’ve written twice as many books, traveled so very much, seen so very much …
I’ve battled pornography addiction, my friends’ fears in difficult times, finished my bachelors degree, been deployed overseas, owned five vehicles, made a six-month, 9,000-mi roadtrip cross-country, voice national-level commercials and documentaries, and grown deeply as a man and a professional.
I’m such a different person than I was then, and yet so very much more the same person. I’ve refined, trimmed down, grown more secure, confident and yet in other ways have remained as absolutely as vulnerable as when I started it.
And yet, I feel I’m on the precipice of what I believe is a whole new journey. I don’t know what it will be, but it will be different. And it will be awesome. And I’ll share it with you as it happens.
But what a journey it’s been! Sometimes I go back to read what I used to write. And I rarely find anything I disagree with, but I find a lot that was youthful where today is mature and more well-rounded. I’m sure when I look back ten, twenty, forty years from now, I will marvel at how much I’ve grown. And it’s not about lamenting or missing or wishing life were otherwise.
Too often we look back thinking yesterday was better than today. We rosey it up, and often forget the daily dull and troubles that made yesterday as … common? as today. Instead of looking back wishing it were still yesterday, we could live by a very simple principle I’ve come to embrace wholeheartedly over this rather grand 1,000-post journey:
If life isn’t getting better the older you get, you’re doing it wrong.
I will never forget this particular leg of my life’s rather-interesting journey. Especially as I’ve written a great deal of it down here on this website.
But to be honest? I consider it a great challenge to do better than I have done. To go farther, see more, live greater. To love better, submit more fully, lead more boldly. Anything but merely survive by abiding daily life.
So thank you for joining me. If you happen across these thoughts, read to your heart’s content. There’s at least a thousand of them. Some are as profound as the great mysteries of life. Others are videos of cats. Which as things I’m interested in go, are pretty much near the bottom.
But whatever you do, WHATEVER you do, don’t stop thinking. Always be willing to set your assumptions aside and to listen, to guess, to believe. Never believe anything because you’re expected to, never believe what you believe is infallible, and when you do seek to understand a thing, look for its root. The root is always the goal of all information. Once you understand the root?
You’ll understand all you need to know.
Good night. God bless. And Godspeed.