Yup -- this should be fun. And by this I mean writing a blog, playing music, writing music, putting into words and pictures on this website thoughts and ideas about who I am and why I bother trying to make music. ALL of it should be fun. In fact, the older I get the more often I have thought, "This should be fun." Or -- perhaps more to the point, I've thought this should be MORE fun of just about everything I do! I have had (and I don't think I'm alone here) the propensity to take myself and all that I'm doing just a little too seriously. Like I might get hurt if I do it wrong.
Truth of the matter is, the whole on-line, social media, hey-everybody-look-at-me culture that's blossomed in the twenty-first century has been tricky for me. You see, I actually consider myself an extrovert. I don't have problems speaking to strangers or to stepping into the limelight when there's a reason for me to do so. But it's been weirdly difficult for me to do this -- type away in my kitchen and toss myself out to...who?! Those who might find me interesting or talented or clever or charming or... enough to pay attention?? Lord, and what if no one does?
Well, that's where the fun comes in. Just like the songs I write, I think I should just go ahead and do it. If no one comes to my party, it's still a party if I'm having a good time! I still can don my ridiculous pink cap (stylishly exhibited above), shuffle through the joys of working to string thoughts and ideas together, still sip my coffee (today it has eggnog in it) and I can still delight in simply doing it because I can!
Besides, as Joshua Becker -- who writes the becomingminimalist blog says -- blogging helps you become a better writer, live a more intentional life and it helps you become more well-rounded in your mindset (along with a bunch of other fairly compelling reasons). Who wouldn't want that?
So --we'll see where this goes. But wherever it goes, it should be fun for me... and for you! (Hello?.... anybody there?....... Helllooooooooo.....?)
I'm Christie Simmons -- the person the rest of this website is about. But if you don't feel like reading all of that, to cut to the chase I'm a singer songwriter from Calgary, Alberta. The picture above is of me and my sister Catherine Simmons (a most awesome author) at Sylvan Lake where we get to play and have fun. I'm hoping this is another place where I'll get to play and have fun!