There’s a guy in Tulsa, Oklahoma who is one of our city’s nicest. His name is Jeremy Charles.
I don’t get to spend a lot of time with Jeremy now that he’s nearly super famous and now that my band no longer exists but, he is still someone that I treasure. I spend a lot of my social media time creeping his photographs and catch myself grinning at the mere fact that one of the good guys are being treated so well in this universe. He’s one of those creatives that keep me on my toes to do better…to be better.
Yesterday, while getting caught up on my Twitter, I caught a picture taken by Jeremy at the recent KISS/Motley Crew concert at our beloved BOK Center. As are most of Jeremy’s photos, this was extraordinary. However, it wasn’t his photo that caused me to stare into empty space for the next 5 minutes, it was his words. On two separate occasions, he used words that changed my guts, or what my mom calls my “knower”. You know that place that exists in you where you “know that you know that you know that you know”? Yeah, that place lit up…like it was on fire.
I started thinking about the greatness of these words and I realized that if I want these words to be mine…if I want these words to ever be used to describe me then I had better start fitting inside their definitions. In this case, it was used for KISS and them being titans of rock and their empire of success.
To be known as a titan of anything or be equated to having anything remotely connected to the word empire…can you imagine that? My mind started racing…the kind of racing where I’m certain you could hear whistles and clacks of train tracks.
I think that I’ll start writing my eulogy and once I get it, it should be a piece of cake…right? Working backwards from the answer in math was a flawless technique…as long as you freaking understood math. Let’s pretend that I’ve got my mind wrapped around this universe and go from there.
What do I want for my life, my legacy, and how do I get it? It only makes sense to start conforming to the words I want people to use to describe me. Today is the day. However, it’s not just “the day” for me…it is for you as well. And I’m curious…what are the words you want in your eulogy?