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Hi! After finding this site last night, I decided to start blogging here as well. I imagine it could be quite therapeutic and perhaps we can all share our experiences here. I will begin my blog with a little introduction.

My name's Andrew. I'm 18 years old and I live in a small town in Kentucky. I'm a terribly imaginative and eccentric guy. I put a lot of my time and effort on my education and I'll be going to college in Fall of 2011.

I was born with an author's heart and a musician's soul; unfortunately, at the moment, I am cursed with inexperienced hands. My biggest passion in life is music. I play the guitar, piano, ukulele, harmonica, and I sing. I'm in my school's stage band, but I also write a lot of my own material. I also love writing- poetry, short stories, and a book series that I have  been working on for years with my best friend. I've tried my hand at painting, and though it doesn't come quite as easily to me as composing and writing, I enjoy it. I love creating. It's a way for me to focus everything and escape and create little worlds that are physical and beautiful and I can revisit them whenever I please. Sadly, I feel I am mediocre at these hobbies, and I'm far too shy to share a lot of it with others. I hope the better myself as time goes on and feel comfortable enough to allow others to see my art and music as well.

I am currently pursuing a career in elementary education. I love kids and I love the school environment and I think that kids need a sensitive male role model- someone that can be strong and fatherly, yet not scare the living daylights out of them. Know what I mean?

I have the tendency to stress myself out by participating in a lot of clubs and advanced classes, but I am quite the mellow guy. I detest conflict, probably to the point of being somewhat of a pushover. I prefer the company of nature and animals to that of people. I feel I have a spiritual connection with cats, and I love being around them and writing about them, drawing them. This probably comes from my mother, who is also a huge fan of cats. Nature is a huge part of my life, and I am a firm believer that trees and inanimate objects have just as much emotion and soul as humans and animals. I believe we become preoccupied with making ourselves to be the greatest beings on our planet, but in reality, everything else has found its niche and is happier... as Bob Dylan said "The answer is blowing in the wind." I can totally relate to that. (Huge folk music fan, by the way.)

I am currently in a relationship, probably the only relationship that has ever worked out for me, and I hope to continue it for a very long time. My girlfriend is one of the few people who I can really relate to, the others being my best friend and cousin.

As for hobbies other than writing, music, and art... I don't watch much television, but I LOOOOVE Hayao Miyazaki and a few other animes that I watch online, as well as old cartoons and movies. I don't have a very good attention span (that's an understatement) though, so I don't invest much time into television. I am in my school's drama club as well, so acting can be sort of fun, though I get stage fright like no other.


As for daydreaming, it has only recently proven the least bit troublesome (mostly by hindering me from learning to drive and focusing on social stuff and school). I tend to imagine a lot of abstract and colorful things. Nothing like stories (those go down on paper or in music), just basically seeing colors and lights and thinking about things that could have or might happen. As a result, I tend to focus far, far too much on the past and fear the future way too much.


Yeah, that about covers it for the useless information about me. Hope to make some new friends and share experiences here. =)


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Comment by Andrew on January 30, 2011 at 12:23am

Hey Nico! Well, I think that no matter how old you are, you can still do all those things. Whether or not they make you a millionaire or just give you something to pass the time, it's a great thing to do, even if you think you aren't good at it.

Thanks so much for your comments and advice though. I try to focus as hard as I can and I'm stubborn as a bull so I can't imagine I'd hinder myself much. I am trying to use MD (if I even have that) to... expand in a sense. Anyway, thanks again! And it's nice to meet you. =)

Comment by Nico Lilly on January 29, 2011 at 1:58pm

Hi Andrew, you are lucky to have so many creative outlets! I Love music too, always have since being a little kid, but I am unfortunately completely tone deaf! So could never master any instruments, and I sing like a donkey haha. I am really into photography and for a while was a band photographer when I was younger.

I have always been good at writing, but have Never been able to get my daydreams down on paper no matter how hard I try. I write mainly abstract non-sensical stories that are usually always funny rather than deep.

I loved acting too as a child and did a lot of school plays, this went by the wayside as my confidence in myself diminished.

It sounds like you have a Lot going for you, and you are still very young, so pursue your dreams and keep up your talents and don't let MD take over your life! You sound a lot like me when I was a teenager, but I let my imaginary world take precedence over my real life, and my dreams and goals for the future eventually faded away. I kept convincing myself there was time to change, and time to do something with my life...later. But that day never comes unless you practice awareness and strive to focus on your life.

It's nice to have you here :o)

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