Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I'm so over the Indigo Girls

I love Donald MIller. I want him to live next door to us, and come over for dinner and make us laugh. He is very much a kindred spirit to me. Well, maybe he's not really. I've never met him in real life. I just love what he writes, and think he's funny. Well, I was reading his blog today, and thought this was awesome.....

"It seems like the trend is to get really into a band, not because they are talented, but because they are new. And then once everybody likes them, to not like them anymore. I like this trend because associating yourself with something new and cool makes you seem new and cool. But the trick is to stay ahead of the newness and coolness."

First I laughed...then I thought..."uh oh". I was listening to the radio today and the Indigo Girls came on. I love the Indigo Girls, but I thought..."I wonder if the Indigo Girls are cool now." I even thought that maybe they are "old cool", like rediscovered cool, and I am bringing back up that I like them, and that seemed unique and cool.

Gag me.... Seriously did I think that? Who cares if they're cool...old cool, new cool, whatever.... All that matters is that I like them. And you'd think that by the time you are probably a 1/3 of the way thorough your life, you'd realize that "you like what you like" and who cares. But, oops...maybe if I"m honest, I still care....and this bothers me - A LOT.

Back to Donald Miller one more time. Like I said before, I'm reading his book "A million miles in a thousand years" about living a good story. Basically, our lives can be full of adventure, transformation, and importance. Do we want to live out the story God has created for us to live? To be that Hero/Heroine? Or do we just sit on our booties and watch reality tv?

Here's a quote from the book..."The ambitions we have will become the stories we live. If you want to know what a person's story is about, just ask them what they want. If we don't want anything we are living boring stories. If we want a Roomba vacuum cleaner, we are living stupid stories. If it won't work in a story, it won't work in life."

This got me thinking - what do I want? Honestly. Deep in my soul. Above pop culture. Above what is cool. Above my insecurities. What do I want to be known for? And, you know what - I know. I've always known. I want to be known for loving others. I think that is the story God has given me to live out. He wants me to be the one that loves. I'm realizing this "want" needs to play a more central part in my story. If the story of my life is titled "I"m so over the Indigo Girls" - well, that would pretty much be the worst story of all time. Nice perspective Mr. Miller....Thanks for the boost into the life I've been made to live.

Now, I ask you - what is it that you want?

1 comment:

  1. I love Don. We go way back. So much so that I can call him Don. Or Donny. Or even Milly-Millison, although he prefers that I don't say that one in public.

    Kevin just blogged about Don's book too ( I believe I'll be picking it up once he's through...and once I finish my read: happiest toddler on the block (aka the guideline for mothers who are at their wits end with the "point-and-scream-because-I-want-it now-stage".)