I’m sitting here at my desk, my binder spilling out to my left, my wine spilling out to my right, and my book-in-progress on the MacBook in front of me. And? I’m kind of blown away, actually! I’m having a bit of a moment! Because of all the sub-categories I’ve got going on within my book, you’d think that the beefiest ones would be “Divorce” and “Running.” Or even “Parenting” or “Love” for godssake. But do you know which theme I keep cutting, pasting, and dumping stories into? “Human Connection.”
I swear to you, when I started this project, I thought it was going to be all about grace. Grace first with topics like divorce and parenting feeding into it. But here I am, and I sense an even bigger theme. Our sole purpose, our reason for living: Human Connection.
When I was into the whole Christian lifestyle, you know, like a little badass sheep with a badass bleep, following the herd rather than the word (HOW DO I NOT GET PAID FOR THIS SHIT), I’d stomp my right foot, jut my chin out and tell nobody who would listen that the reason for my existence is to bring everyone to Jesus. Fast forward years later, and this blog has taught me that people care more about my day-to-day grind than anything else, really; you guys want to connect with me. You want to see me flailing around like a drowning racoon, because that’s how you feel sometimes. And it feels way better to be a part of something rather than apart from something.
What keeps us pressing forward is knowing that we’re not alone. Whether we’re in the muddy waters of new parenthood, tumultuous riverbeds of divorce, or feeling the whiplash of being tossed onto the beach by a breaker, all we have to do is stick out a limb and no doubt, we will brush up against someone in the same spot. Hopefully someone with a strong resemblance to Hugh Jackman or Chris Farley. But if not, it will still be someone, and that someone will need your limb too.