My mom, like all moms, has a few favorite stories that she enjoys telling once, or twice….or more. One of those stories is of one of my brothers who, when he was younger, emphatically declared, “I wanna be a Renegade man!” She quickly realized that he meant Renaissance man.
Many people associate Leonardo da Vinci as the quintessential Renaissance man. A brilliant artist, scientist, inventor, musician, and athlete, da Vinci is one of the greatest beacons of personal achievement in human history. Like many others, I aspire to be, as well as I can, like the great Italian.
I think to be a Renaissance man today is to be a renegade. I believe that it requires a commitment and ingenuity of thought that not many, least of all myself, are willing to possess. It requires unconventional living.
When I think about my life and how little I’ve accomplished or how much time I’ve wasted, I feel a little panicked. I’ll admit it’s a little silly or pathetic that someone who’s almost 22 can feel that life has passed her by, but it’s true that there’s so much more I could have done. Those years passed because I had consigned myself to the reality of life that is the norm in a first-world society: Facebook, Hulu, internet-surfing, shopping, sleeping, and eating out. Although a valid part of life, these activities certainly did not merit all of my time. I think a lot of people live this life without realizing that they are experiencing very little. This blog is an experiment in meaningful living.