About this blog

 

I recently read “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I didn’t really love it. At first. It was the kind of book that had me begrudging the lead character because he was very human and not very sympathetic. Once I finished the book, I think I finally caught up to the pace and concepts and grew to love the way Fitzgerald walked the reader through each. I now think that many of us are very human and not that sympathetic. And that I am perhaps a slow reader.

The concept that stuck with me the most was idea of a personage vs. a personality. Monsignor Darcy, a support character, explained to the lead, Armory, that he should count himself lucky to be a personage.

Where a personality assumed its surroundings and passed in times of trial or change, a personage would always shake itself off to move on and “do the next thing.”

Rather than carry on and mar the brilliant writing of Fitzgerald, I can just say that the idea of always doing what is next stayed with me. A personality is a good thing, but it does morph and change and not always in the best of ways. It’s the tofu of humanity (think it out). I don’t think this is bad so much as it embodies how we grow into new places in our life. I’d just like to have a bit more substance as I grow, to take in life, to be one who always does the next thing.

This blog is about that. Life is a journey, a pilgrimage to the person you are meant to be, and hopefully along this personage you become more than a personality.

“But remember, do the next thing.” Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (Scribner, 1920)

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2 Replies to “About this blog”

  1. I didn’t know you had a blog! This is great. I could definitely afford to go with more personage than personality. Ah, how freeing to just slough off the sticky elements of life! Perhaps it’s just a balance of what to take in and what to leave behind. On the other hand, it’s exhausting to always be so intentional.

  2. Hey,
    I’ve noticed your blog shows an interest in engaging with the world around you and exploration. I’m working for a new start-up called HeyLets and we’re trying to get people excited about doing what you do. We want our users to rediscover their city through mini-recommendations from people with similar interests and hopefully pay it forward. I was wondering, would you be interested in sharing some of your positive experiences in your community with us? We’d love to hear what you have to say and help you promote your blog.
    Drop me a line if you’re interested in more info: adam@heylets.com
    Thanks for your time and keep up the good work!
    -Adam

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