Life: Its Happening

June 10, 2008 — 1 Comment

It all started as a line from Anchorman in the infamous Death of Baxter scene with Jack Black.

Jack Black asks Ron Burgundy what’s something he loves, which among other things (Scotch, etc.) turns out to be Baxter his beloved dog, who gets personified much like Wendell can and does.

Since Ron had inadvertantly caused Jack to wreck his hog, destroying the only thing he loved, so Jack Black takes a suspiciously rag-doll looking Baxter and kicks him off the bridge, uttering the now immortal line…

Oh yeah? Well now that just happened.

Which brings us back to life (yes, there is a slight double meaning here).

In coming to Dallas at the beginning of the school year, it was hard not to have some conceptions of what it would be like, call them expectations if you’d like, but whatever they were, they were there (or here I suppose).

Now after a year of school, some good and some bad (by bad I mean boring, not poor quality)…

Times, they are a changing (which to the clever is another Anchorman reference).

Not drastically of course, but the perception of school is shifting to one that is more akin to be described  as full time life and part time school instead of full time school and part time life.

It’s time to start living a little more and schooling a little less.

For instance, I went into the library today for the first time in over a month.

Why? Just to check e-mail and then proceed to retrieve a package.

Obviously this is just a minor example of a more subtle paradigm shift in mindset, but the library used to be a rather frequent haunt (erroneously called the “nating grounds” but that is the subject of an entirely different sort of blog).

The shift started when I flew back to Lynchburg to walk in my college graduation at Liberty and successfully carried on a conversation with a lady on the plane without ever mentioning that I go to school.

Some of the pieces might not have completely connected, but the conversation laid the groundwork the realization that I had more to talk about with people than simply being a student and eventually led to re-thinking just what I am doing in Dallas and

Am I just going to school here, or am I carrying out life here?

If the former, then I should probably take more credit hours than I am and possibly commit a heftier summer schedule next year (heftier than nothing though does not take too much).

But if the latter, then maybe I should focus less on school and more on making connections and being involved in the “normalcies” of a what life is like when one is not in school.

Then more I thought about it, the more I realized I was strongly attracted to option (b.

Now one may argue that you should focus on school as much as possible while you are there, and sacrifice other things.

However, this is just nonsense (in my humble opinion at least).

In my experience, (sorry to base on argument on experience, but it happens) I have generally learned more outside the classroom than in it. Call it the homeschooler’s fallacy, but at any rate, if I really wanted to learn more, I would just simply skip class altogether (which I actually did in my NT Introduction class, and only read through the notes the day of the final. I got a 89 and a high A in the class. Go figure).

It would seem the more reasonable approach is to seek to establish a properly balanced life that is intent on learning, whether through the externally organized scaffolding of somewhere like DTS, or through one’s own intellectual pursuits and interests.

For some, maybe the best approach is to focus intently on school and nothing else while they are enrolled.

But this could hardly be generalized to be the best approach for everyone.

As I’ve now come to realize for me, it clearly is not the best route to take.

So here’s to living more intensely,

To chasing more sunsets,

To staying up til the sun rises,

To driving aimlessly in search of new vistas,

To connecting deeper with others,

To creating art in worship,

To changing lives,

To living.

Nate

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