Focus on Focus

I really have been trying to figure out why I can’t be consistent with my blog. I enjoy writing it, the people who read it at least seem to enjoy it for the most part, and it isn’t some ridiculous time commitment. There’s no obvious reason to fall back on. In discussing it with my brother Matthew, I came to a conclusion—it’s because it doesn’t have a focus. Cooking blogs have recipes and cooking methods to continuously talk about, sports blogs have fifty different sports they can cover, and gardening blogs…well I don’t really know what gardening blogs really talk about, but I’m sure they have some pretty consistent topics like dirt or gnomes to discuss. But my blog? It has no focus.

Matthew then points out the title of my blog, Life of Jordy. Ah, finally, an explanation as to why my blog lacks consistency. If a cooking blog is about cooking, then my blog is about my life, yet my life has no focus. At first, this was funny. Then, it was sad. You see, I like the fact that I don’t have a clear, set plan for life. I’m only 19, and I don’t think it’s completely necessary to know exactly what I’m doing yet. But then I thought of some of the people throughout history who lacked focus. Let’s take a look at some prominent people who lacked direction:

  • Lewis and Clark: They’d have been lost without Sacajawea. She was the focus. (Note: Lewis later commits suicide)
  • Charles Manson: the man took his direction from a Beatle’s song that he completely misconstrued. You can’t possibly have much direction in life if that is how you plan ahead. (Note: he killed people)
  • Gary Busey: I mean, I really don’t know whether he has focus or not, but just look at him. (note: just look at him)

And the list goes on. In all seriousness, I had never really thought about my future in the context of having focus. I guess the debate is, should a sophomore in college have focus? Some, I’m sure, would argue yes. Most schools (though not all) ask us to choose a major prior to entering school. I’m assuming those schools which don’t require a major prior to freshman year at least ask for one by the end of sophomore year. Should I now know what I want to do then? The others would argue no. These are probably the same people that consider majors more about what you’re interested in and less about finding a job later on.

The reality is, I believe everyone comes to a point in life where we have to start thinking about the future and planning ahead. I’m still sorting out what priorities I have and which I don’t, but without well-defined priorities, it’s difficult to really put any focus on the future at all.

My blog is oddly out of focus, just as is my overall life. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; it just is what it is. It’s funny how the most general circumstances surrounding our lives can sometimes define the most specific aspects. The question to ponder, then, is when do you believe it’s important to put life in focus?

What do you think?

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