My Autobiography, Part 1: Introduction
As I begin this writing, today is Monday, May 23rd, 2016. I am 28 years old. Yesterday, Sunday, after conversing with my mother I realized that I very much wanted to start this autobiography. We were talking about just how much is too much when trying to pass on your own legacy. In my estimation, I don’t want to read tomes and tomes of journal entries, with a shelf of scrapbooks showing all the not-that-important things picked up over one’s lifetime. As much as I love my family members, I’d have to really love that person a lot to want all of that. I prefer curation: selecting the most important moments, memories, and memorabilia to pass on to future generations. That’s where this book comes in.
I hope to outline the defining aspects of my life. This is not meant to be a comprehensive history, but a series of experiences that inform my current self. I don’t know if this will ever be published as I don’t really intend to finish it until…well…until my children add my date of death to the final chapter. Perhaps I’ll publish parts of this story as a blog (actually this is very likely). And if, in the future, blogs are no longer a thing, look them up. They were all the rage in the early 2000s. Anyway, my point is this story will be an ongoing, unfinished narrative. As of this writing, I have no children, but I hope to at some point, and I intend for the information found in these pages (digital or otherwise) to be of interest to them. You are my primary audience. I suspect others may also find this information stimulating for one strange reason or another. Maybe I become famous enough to commercially publish these thoughts or maybe I die and become famous posthumously (I’ve always loved using that word). Okay so that might be stretching, but the point is, my family hopefully won’t be the only people who can benefit from my writings. You’re all welcome to read on. But perhaps I’m giving myself too much credit. I suppose most people probably won’t have any interest in reading this book at all. If that’s the case then move along, move along.
So assuming you’re still reading, I suppose I should start by asking the question: Who is Jason Hamilton? As with any such question, the answer will take a long time (at least the length of this book) to answer. But overall if I had to define myself in a few words they would be these:
- Optimistic: The majority of the world probably defines optimism as the (perhaps) unrealistic expectation of a successful future. While this is true to some extent, I would define optimism as the attitude that, whatever the future holds, it will all work out for the best. I do not believe that life will be full of sunshine, rainbows, and fluffy cats, but I do believe that it’s possible to make lemonade out of lemons. The glass will always be half full to me. And also I love fluffy cats.
- Mormon: Religion has always been a defining aspect of my life. I even structure much of this book based on religious milestones in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS church or the Mormons. I believe this church to be the true and everlasting kingdom of God on the Earth, and I will present my reasons for this belief throughout this book. But for now, it’s important to know that my beliefs have shaped my life perhaps more so than any other aspect, and my Spiritual experiences have helped me realize that there is a God, and he is invested in our individual lives. I know this to be true as sure as I know the Sun rises every day. But more on that later.
- Moderate: Growing up I slowly realized that I have the tendency to take a less extreme role in debates. I rarely enjoy taking sides; I prefer to help others find common ground in their debate. I’m really good at seeing the argument from both sides, especially in politics. When asked what political party I associate with, I have trouble answering. While I am registered in a single political party, I tend to lean slightly left on some issues, and slightly right on others. But overall, I try to see the value of both sides and find the middle ground between them.
- Creative: Creativity has also been a big part of my life. I am possessed by a small entrepreneurial spirit that has often led me to starting too many projects, to the point where I have to drop some of them. I have spent a lot of time creating things, including several stories, some of which I have written down, many of which I have not. I also find that creativity is an important, and necessary, part of society. I have, and will continue to advocate for the increase of creative arts in our culture. I’m especially invested in storytelling and music.
- Nerd: If you know me, you know I am a nerd. I am a huge nerd. Now, in the past the word “nerd” was often used derogatorily. That is not the case currently, nor do I use it in that way. My special genre of nerdom involves storytelling. I love a good story, and my list of good stories is very long with Star Wars, Superheroes, and Shakespeare topping the list. I’ll be sure to bring this up again throughout
And that’s it! You’re done. You no longer need to read anything else in this book. I mean…sure…there’s a little more to my life than just five words, and many life experiences that led to my adoption of those qualities. I suppose if you want to know a bit more about that, you can continue reading. I will, at least, continue writing.
Now I’ve read some long introductions in my lifetime, and I find most of them to be pretty boring, so I’m just going to leave it at that and dive right in. I hope you enjoy this journey back into my life.