I used to do blog series on my old blog over various topics. I hadn’t officially started on here yet((That Tiny Tirade is a legacy series that pays homage to one I had on my old blog, Fuck You Fridays)), so I figured now would be as good of a time as any.
The idea for this series — Everyone Else Is More Talented Than Me — came about as a result of a pair of conversations I had just before Christmas. The first conversation came from a real-life friend, TK. TK and I have known each other since college, and though we live states apart, we do text semi-regularly. A recent conversation played out as such.
TK: Tim, you need to write a satirical book. I’m serious.
Me: I’m writing a fiction book currently. But I’m interested. What’s your idea?
TK: My idea? You pour your brain onto paper. Instant classic…Vonnegut would be proud.
The second conversation wasn’t so much a true conversation as it was a television show viewing and my reaction to it. As I’m sure you’re aware (since you’re on the Internet, that is), Comedy Central’s long running show, The Colbert Report, ended on December 18th. The show’s end is not a surprise, as lead man Stephen Colbert will be taking over for a retiring David Letterman next year. Yet, despite the notice (not to mention Colbert talking about it on the every episode of the show since roughly October), it still felt to me as though one of the greatest spectacles of satire was ending far too soon.
As a young child, many of my family members told me “no matter how good you are at something, there will always be someone out there who is better than you at whatever you’re good at”. I always felt this statement was nothing more than a way to advise me to temper my hopes and put a realistic set of checks and balances on what I think I can do versus what I actually can do. For example, I have a decent ability to catch things reflexively when they’re unexpectedly thrown in my direction. This has proven to be the difference between a pen being stopped in midair, and said pen hitting one of my coworkers on more than one occasion. That said, my reflex catching isn’t good enough to stop a line drive baseball from hitting me in the face. The line is somewhere in between.
I’ve tried to do a lot of things in my life that I thought would be a good idea. I’ll talk about them at some point in time in coming posts. An abbreviated list is below.
- There was that time Rock Band (the video game) inspired me and a few friends to try to make an actual rock band
- My spontaneity once prompted me to move across the USA on 10 days notice
- There was another point in time in which I thought I was good at speaking other languages. Madrid taught me otherwise.
- A rather recent occurrence involving said fiction book I’m writing and a non-fiction book that told a better story((At least in my opinion)).
There are other stories I’m sure I’m forgetting right now. Once I remember them, I’ll be sure to talk about them too. If nothing else, this will be an exercise in self-deprecating humor and humility. My hope is that it’ll amuse you along the way. After all, if I’m going to write satire and humor — both of which I feel I’m decent at doing — there’s bound to be someone out there who’s better at it than I am.