Words Don’t Do Us Justice: A Moment of Reflection: Introducing Reign

The Introduction

You’ve been watching all of our updates. You’ve been looking for who would be first to post in the new year. Well because I’m very good at hyping up the new arrivals, you knew this was coming. But since I’m good at tactical secrets, you didn’t know when. Who better than the newest member of The R revolution to open up the new year. Hope you brought your umbrellas and poncho’s because 2014 begins with REIGN!
– R.W.

Happy New Year!!! I guess I should properly introduce myself. My name is Reign and I’m going to let you get to know me the same way everyone else does: a little bit at a time. But since this is our first meeting, let’s start at the beginning…

Remember back in the day when you were a kid and life was easy… When you could just wake up on Christmas morning knowing that Santa would have brought you stuff that was on the list you gave your parental unit to deliver to him. Back in the day when life was fun because just about everyone in your life expected you to “just be a kid” for as long as possible… and that was OK. There are sayings about how great things used to be. One of my favorite authors said:

“I used to be myself, whatever I was, because I didn’t have knowledge. I didn’t have a program in my head. I didn’t know what I was, and I didn’t care to know.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz – The Voice of Knowledge ~

Fast forward: now we’re grown and social media is practically running the world. Thank you internet! Thank you for making it possible for us to act like we did back when we didn’t have to care about propriety; before we learned humility, pride, and prejudice… for making it easier to tell the truth about something and just walk away with no regard for other’s thoughts or feelings… Thank you for providing a safe place to cave in to our baser instincts without any thought to consequence.

Sounds a little like a personal attack doesn’t it? Well, it kind of is. This behavior is not OK. This brings us back to that introduction I mentioned… I’m here to shove yourself in your face and remind you that while we’re all here just enjoying the entertainment value of things, life is still happening around us and it is of the utmost importance to our continued survival that we take notice of it… at least from time-to-time. Let me be that not-so-soft voice in the back of your head that pops up every Wednesday to remind you about something you might have briefly noticed on FaceBook or Twitter, the crawl on CNN, or the newest viral video on YouTube.

I’m the kind of person who would unabashedly geek out about wanting the next installment of God of War on the PS4 (because Oh-eM-Gee am I looking forward to it), and in the same breath completely lose my mind over how commercialism is the tooth decay of our so-called civilization. If you think cartoons and anime are the same thing, I have words for you… and if you can’t see the validity of paying property taxes to contribute your local school district, I’ve got a few choice thoughts for you about that too.

You see, I have some knowledge, and I have a program in my head. But—like many of you—I still don’t completely know what I am. I am comfortable with who I am, and am greatly invested in who I am becoming… and maybe together, we can give just enough of a damn to try to figure it out together.

So this is me: here to Reign over your parade; to rein in your parade; and sometimes rain on your parade.

Are you ready?

6 thoughts on “Words Don’t Do Us Justice: A Moment of Reflection: Introducing Reign

  1. I really connected with this a lot. I feel like I am a knowledgeable person myself. I have a preconceived notion of what I am supposed to be in life, but have yet to get there, and to be honest, I am not even sure I am headed in the right direction. However, its like you said, we have to figure out together. Perhaps the person I am becoming will be even greater than the notion in my head. As for the video games and commercialism, I have had that exact conversation with a few friends (Though mine was over Zelda instead of God of Wars. We cant all be perfect though. Only joking haha.). All in all, I really enjoyed and connected with this. I look forward to seeing more from you Reign.

    1. I think the funniest thing about figuring out who we are, is that as soon as we think we “get it” something comes along to remind us that who we are right now could change in the blink of an eye. I enjoy learning new things about myself, especially as my place, my position, in the world changes.

      As for gaming: I’m actually a huge Legends of Zelda fan, however the gratuitous violence and occasional sexual content in God of War seemed to be a better example of how something I enjoy is also something I find critically abhorrent specifically as it relates to consumerism.

      All in all, I am very glad that you were able to connect and I hope that you find this week’s… um… discussion(?) at least entertaining.

  2. Well Said, very well said indeed. As a fellow author here at WDDIJ i welcome you, and as a writer i say bravo. Not many people can get me excited for wednesday, but you did. Look forward to reading more.

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