1. What does an average day look like for you?
I don’t know if there is anything that could be called an ‘average’ day for me! Although I technically have regular office hours at my work, it’s usually a lot more variable depending on the time of year, type of projects and any number of other variables.
I love being able to be creative as much as I can, and while I get lots of chances to do that in my work, I think its important to always be learning and growing during ‘off time.’ (yeah, like that exists…!) Photography is something I’ve been dabbling in for awhile and finally started getting a little more serious about. One of the things I find most refreshing about it is getting away from a computer and just getting out there to see what I can find. There are so many places and cool things where I live that I would not have discovered if I wasn’t seeing them through a camera lens. It gives you a whole new way to perceive the world, and I find that really exciting.
Reading has always been a passion of mine, and many nights I can be found curled up with a book on theology or churning my way through St. Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. Historical theology and philosophy are some of my favorite subjects, and while many might find them dry and stuffy I have found that they breathe a new life into my mind, a breath of fresh air from the suffocating banality of popular culture. My interest in these subjects also pays dividends in my creative endeavors, since I can often discover largely untapped avenues for creativity or intriguing ways of approaching different subjects. In the end, it becomes a way of seeking the beautiful and the good and finding that they ultimately coalesce in each other.
Songwriting is another one of my loves. In my teenage years my brother and I decided to start a band even though neither of us knew how to play any sort of instrument. I started off playing the drums and eventually moved on to playing guitar, dabbling a little bit on the piano, and honing my skills on random wind instruments like pennywhistles, ocarinas and arabian flutes. (I bought some uilleann pipes, but they are quite formidable!)
Of course, all of that would be meaningless if I didn’t have anyone to share it with. My wife Megan (who is incredibly creative!) is absolutely amazing, and I honestly doubt I would be alive if it weren’t for her. She has been with me through the greatest struggles I have ever faced and did so with unshakable grace and patience, caring for me through every kind of challenge. What can I say? I love her to death!