I Could Have Been a Dancing Violinist

No, no I really could not, but it made for a good title to this post. 

I just read, “The Only Pirate at the Party,” a memoir by Lindsey Stirling and her sister Brooke S. Passey. This post isn’t necessarily a review because how do you review a book about someone’s life? Before I get into why Lindsey Stirling and I would make great friends and have awesome violin jam sessions (not really because I seem to have faked my way through seven years of orchestra), I would like to super highly recommend this book.

I was watching one of her new Youtube videos, and she teased the book, so I had to find it and read it, so I borrowed it from the public library and would have read it in one sitting had I not had to go to work. And now I want to buy it, and I want to meet her and have her sign it and have lunch with her or roam around a book store with her.

This is not the video where she teased her book, but it is one of my favorites.

Exhibit A for why we would make great friends: 

If Lindsey Stirling somehow finds this, I hope it’s okay that I snapped an excerpt and posted it, but we have this common, and it never crossed my mind that this was confession material because I constantly do this and don’t even think twice about it. If I don’t think about breakfast before bed, I don’t wake up on time the next morning.

I picked up this book because I was curious about how she got the idea to rock the violin and dance at the same time. I had forgotten that I was looking for this answer because she was telling me this hilarious story, And then she opened up and told me some heart breaking stuff. I was reading this on my down time at work and had to stifle laughs and hold back tears, so my co-workers wouldn’t think I had finally lost it. She did answer the question, but I’m not going to tell you because you need to read for yourself.

Some self reflection:

I have mixed feelings about reading biographies and memoirs because I feel like it’s going to go something along the lines of, “Work hard, dream big, never give up.” Those are the common themes, but Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Lindsey Stirling did it in such a way that I didn’t immediately roll my eyes. They told me their personal stories through their books, and it felt like I got to hang out with them.

I’ve been in this slump, and I kind of still am. It’s a slump I return to often: What am I doing with my life? I know what I want to do, but I don’t know exactly how to go about it while also being able to pay my bills and feed my dogs and myself. Lindsey Stirling found her “out of the box” dream job. Reading her story has inspired me to try to find mine.

So far I’ve started the skeleton of a blog that will feature dogs and their stories all over San Antonio (http://dogsofsa.tumblr.com/). It combines my love of writing, dogs, and photography. While it won’t make me any money, I’m hoping it will inspire something. 


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