One of my most favorite parts of being an actor is telling stories.
Every show, every film – each is the baby of a writer who had something to say.
Twelve Years a Slave. Woman in Gold. Forrest Gump. Gone With the Wind. The Sound Of Music. Granted, some stories are more *ahem* – sophisticated – than others (I’m looking at you Billy Madison) but it’s a story nonetheless.
I mean, don’t get me wrong…I like a good imaginary Mr. Penguin just like the next guy. Tally who who! Sabadoo!
But I especially enjoy stories with a little more — depth.
I didn’t really make a big huh-bub about it on here, but just a few days ago, BBB reached 10,000 followers.
Which, to be completely honest, is really crazy to think about.
I am so completely grateful and humbled that you guys would care to read my story.
I have never been blogging “for the numbers” – BBB has always been a place for me to just share my journey, and all God has done for me, in the hopes that maybe one person might find hope or encouragement or solace from life’s storms here. That juuuust maybe I could be like Billy Madison and say, “You ain’t cool unless you pee your pants.” You know — really be there for someone 🙂
But I wanted to just share something that my family did to celebrate 10,000 that really meant a lot.
They sent me a shadow box with a screen shot of my little counter ticker reading 10,000, and then they wrote words around it that they think describe my blog. Such as, witty, honest, etc…
Each one signifying one of you.
Because let me be crystal clear here: That’s not what I think or how I perceive myself.
Especially because I was not the one doing the things — it was God.
Here’s what I do think:
I think each and every one of us “plant seeds” every single time we open up to another person.
Because your story matters.
And when you have the courage to share that truth with another person, you never know how it is going to affect them.
Because, let’s be real here: we’re all pretty good at wearing masks. Making it seem like we’ve got our stuff together.
But if we’re being really honest, there are seasons in life when that’s just not the case. Just ask Gretchen Weiners —
We get it…Brutus was cute too.
But she’s a prime example of the emotional weight we’re carrying and concealing sometimes.
So by you sharing your story, you never know what impact that could have on a person. How, by you being vulnerable, it encourages them to be vulnerable. To be brave. To be strong. To have faith.
And if you ask me, that’s what life’s about.
So anyways. I guess what I really want to say is thank you for allowing me to share my story. For allowing me to be vulnerable and honest, and be received with such love and acceptance and encouragement.
I cannot begin to express how you have positively impacted my life.
And while we’re on the topic of sharing our stories, just this week, Wayne Wells released an episode of his podcast, While I’m Thinking About It, where he interviewed me. It was an honor to be invited to speak with him.
So if you aren’t familiar with my story, or want to hear it from my own voice, I invite you to head over to his podcast to take a listen.
You got it, dude.
What’s your story?