As I grow older, I am increasingly aware of my need not only to fulfill myself professionally and socially but also to seek a quality life. My participation in the legal and corporate worlds has taught me a lot about what a quality life is not, and after years of working in those environments, I have concluded that success is defined not by position or money, but rather by one’s pursuit of a better life.
When I was young, my father encouraged me to develop an avocation along with my vocation. He preached that the best of all lives includes the fulltime practice of one’s avocation. The ideal was to turn the avocation into a vocation, thus dramatically enhancing one’s quality of life.
Life seems to be about two things—helping others and following dreams. Many people reach out to help others, but with respect to following their dreams, most are waylaid by school, jobs, marriage, children, parental care, illnesses, fear, and procrastination. Sadly, the dreams are put on hold, sometimes indefinitely.
Through SlingingtheBull.com, I want to help people improve the quality of their lives while they await opportunities to pursue their dreams. I plan to encourage folks to study hard and dive into new endeavors with the full expectation of success. It’s never too late to follow your dream, and I intend to become that concept’s wildest cheerleader.
I also want to develop a forum for the expression of my own caprice. In 2000, I published a novel, and in 2001, a nonfiction book. My dream was to become a writer, and those minor successes gave me the incentive I needed to continue developing my craft. Since then, I’ve generated several manuscripts that I’ve been unable to place with publishers, but I have not lost faith.
My caprice comes in the form of other writings that I’ve created along the way that may never see the light of day unless I have a reason to polish them to a level fit for publication. SlingingtheBull.com gives me that reason, and I sincerely hope that readers enjoy these short stories and essays.
SlingingtheBull.com is a blog written by a writer-author-blogger-lawyer-athlete-cook-traveler-carpenter-farmer-reader-linguist-artist-salsa dancer-hack musician who wants to help people advance the quality of their lives and who desires to express himself in an open forum. I hope you enjoy it.