“You have to decide what kind of person you are going to be.”
Marshallosophy [mahr’-shuh-los-uh-fee] is the belief system that best defines who I am. It’s who I am deciding to be.
I’m a Christian.
I’m an imitation.
I’m a response.
I’m a nonconformist.
I’m an extremist.
I’m an experiment.
I’m an encouragement.
I’m a friend, a father, and a husband.
I’m a reminder.
Because I’d rather be hated than forgotten.
Everything I am is to remind friends to encourage others. In a perfect life, for instance, I’d live in a small home with a large table where I can host banquets for folks to gather and feast and talk and listen all night.
The Myers-Briggs, personality test calls me an ENTP: spontaneous on the outside, orderly on the inside. We ENTPs think in abstractions, not details. We enjoy a deep understanding of the world but don’t get why flossing is important.
Not everyone, though, is as extreme as I am. In fact, I’m pretty sure no one is. I love arguing but hate losing. I love watermelon but hate the seeds. I love excitement but hate boredom and people who say they’re bored.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I also like opposites.
And if some of this doesn’t sound like me, it’s because I focus on becoming who I’m going to be, not being who I am.
Finally, I’m unbelievably blessed, which makes me insanely thankful. This thankfulness is what drives me. It’s why I’m living and—I believe—why I feel so alive.
“If the only prayer you say throughout your life is ‘Thank you,” then that will be enough.” -Elie Wiesel