It’s crazy how it can take half a lifetime sometimes for someone to get a clear understanding of who they are. I’ve often thought of myself to be of a rebellious nature. A reckless of sorts. In reality though, I actually love order. I love for things to be congruent. I think if you boil it down, for me, it’s an appreciation and a deep yearning to see people as who they really are. Who they were uniquely designed to be. Those being true to themselves and not following somebody else’s description of who they should be. (Or it could be, a deep hatred for phonies. I don’t know). Either way, I think it started young. You see, a little claim to fame for our family is that my Mom is/was related to Jim Morrison. (You know, of The Doors). Say what you will, but, there is no denying that he lived a bold, brash, brazen and, yes, in a way, brilliant and beautiful life. Now, I never knew him. He split the scene when I was two and I’m pretty sure that he never bounced me on his knee. However, I guess if you have a smidgen of him stuck down in your bones than you may have a tendency to want to live life your own way.
Maybe I’ve over mystified this, but, probably because of that, I’ve always had this lifelong fascination with people living out authentic, true lives. Great big lives. Ones with a voice. Hell, the last thing that I want to feel at the end of my life is that I lived some quaint little life that didn’t reflect the deepest essence of me. And here is where our Homes step in to tell our story.
Just as we express who we are through our outward appearance, through our sense of style, through the way we carry ourselves. So too, our Homes should be a reflection of our core identity. True representations of what resonates deep down inside each one of us. Making us tick. Making us feel at ease. And that, my friends, is why I love being a builder. When you see that connection being made with your clients, it’s magical. And, it makes all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it every single time.
One of my biggest dreams, and daily prayers, for my life, is that I would one day have the great privilege of building each of my children’s dream homes. We’re already talking about what these will look like. But, to see the beauty that is at the root of their being come into focus through the manifestation of these Homes, Homes that would be an expression of the lives they have created, would not only be a blast but would also be a pure joy to experience. As for everyone else out there, I’d say: Build on. Go out and make your homes your own. An outward expression of your True Beautiful Self. Just as Jim lived his life up front and out loud, go do the same.
Take care and All my Bests,