An Audacious Introduction

I’ve always been a traveler.  And a storyteller.  And a teacher.  And a sculptor.  But “blogger” is a new one for me, so as a newbie writing to an unknown audience, my first question to the Universe is, “Just what the heck am I supposed to say to get this thing rolling?”

I have no idea.

It’s almost like I don’t have a life, or a goal, or ideas, or a vision for my future at all.

But that’s not true.  I just don’t pretend to know exactly where I’m going.  (Anyone who does is flat-out lying.)  All I can do is talk about what I love to do and where I want to go nextAfter that, anything can happen.

My name is Chris.  I quit the 9-to-5 idiocy and abandoned cubicle city over two years ago to put a daring minimalist vision into action, and I haven’t looked back since.  These days I’m a nomad with my whole life in a duffel bag, teaching college English classes aboard deployed U.S. Navy ships and exploring odd corners of the planet in my off-time… building a patchwork of strange stories and adventures every single step of the way.

Teaching college English has been my shtick for a crazy-long time, and I can cite comma rules, apostrophe exceptions, parts of speech, and syntactical dilemmas all day long… but while I do love grammar in a perverse, masochistic sort of way, it’s not the heart of my philosophy or my approach to life.

See, what I want people to really appreciate at the end of the day is this:

English is one of those fascinatingly clunky yet eloquent vehicles that struggles to contain the pure fluidity of human thought.  It’s an interlocking system of symbols that can only approximate what it strives to express, but we have to try, and try, and try again, because that’s the only way to make anything happen in the world.  If there’s just one lesson I’ve always wanted my English students to learn, it’s that we can change our lives with a single thought, because thoughts given voice can speak legends to life, and that’s how epics are born.

And that, for me, is what this blog represents.  Thoughts become words become actions become adventures, and before you know it, you look back and realize that you’ve had one hell of a fantastic life.  If this online space can become a haven for fellow souls who see the world the same way, then I’ll consider it a success.

So welcome, and thanks for reading this far!  If I’ve piqued your interest, why not join me for my next great adventure?  This one will cover all of my passions:  traveling, writing, sculpting, and learning new skills in far-off places.  So lace up your boots and come along with me to Costa Rica to learn the basics of building cob houses in one of the most picturesque settings of Central America!