A journey to find myself while I live in, write about, and explain the new popularity of an urban lifestyle while teaching us all to better understand those different from ourselves. We all assume we are open- minded and tolerant, but how quickly we dismiss those (either verbally or internally under our breath) with differing opinions or deeply held beliefs we cannot rationalize.
My own personal midlife crisis is dwarfed by the scope and size of the “gulch” between races, religious beliefs, rich & poor, and of course political parties where vastly differing viewpoints showcase polarization & animosity.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.- Carl Jung
I am the unlikeliest messenger for promoting tolerance and thinking about others more than focusing on ourselves. Maybe in a perverse twist of fate, I have more credibility because of my past insensitivity. I’m guessing very few other individuals have responded to their own mothers ongoing complaints of their single status and no grandchildren with “Well I guess I could knock up a hooker if it is that important to you.”
My personal issues aside, I invite you to join my urban lifestyle journey and my quest to make not only me, but the world a slightly better place. Who knows? Maybe we’ll also all have a little fun along the way while I conduct this unique social experiment. My plans even include what one might reference as audience participation to help others break free from long held stereotypes.
Since this will be an honest assessment throughout, I feel compelled to disclose my prose will never be mistaken for any of the great literary writers. I am an educator by trade, but consider myself more of a great storyteller who when called upon can write. I’m a published author so that may seem like a strange admission of weakness, but to me there’s no shame in understanding your limitations.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.