Updated: Jan 2
Epilogue: Here's the Solu-...Wait, NVM.
"Just in case we have never been acquainted before, hello. My name is Lucien Edme and I am Marist. You'll find out more about me as we proceed...to give you what you need...sorry, I had to."
Late-June was probably when I received the text message from Matt Fallon asking if I wanted to start a blog on the Marist Youth website. I honestly had no clue as to why he would ask me or why anyone would take time out of their day to read about how I see the world. Who cared/cares enough to do that? This wasn't something I was paid to do (I mean, it could) and this wasn't something I was forced to do. It was a "do you want to" type of thing. If I said "no", I wonder where I'd be mentally/emotionally...I digress. I said "yes" pretty blindly. I had no idea what I was going to write about or who was going to end up reading it. I just started to write. Then July 1st came and I posted "The Prologue".
I'm not going to tell you that my whole life did a complete 180. But, what I will tell you is that doing this blog made my relationship with God and others much stronger. I only touched on topics that were near and dear to my heart and made it a point to be brutally honest. I didn't want to cut corners or censor anything that I wanted to say (I mean...I did censor, but you get it) because this was my safe space. "BMiTRW" was a place to let loose and journal my thoughts. I stopped caring about who I annoyed by constantly sharing links or if people were actually reading them. I kept blogging for the pure joy of writing.
But, there's a "but". That's the thing with me. There's always a "but"...I was going to make a joke, but if you know me, then I don't have to say it. You know it! And hopefully, you're laughing.
I want to do more than this. When I say that, I don't mean that I am too good to blog for this website. That's not it at all. I want to keep blogging, but I don't think it's right to continue with this format (if that makes sense). One of the reasons why this blog gets so much praise when I'm talking with my peers in the Marist community is because how frequent chapters are posted. It's very consistent. Every Sunday at either 12AM, 12PM, or like any time before Monday hits. Every chapter has a "Dear Reader", a signature at the end, a song of the week (that hardly anyone listens to), etc. Everything has a moral. Almost every chapter is a cathartic, melodramatic piece about life. There's so much that goes into this that makes it very huge. And if I'm going to keep posting blog entries, I need to do it in a way that's easier to digest.
Also, I got "figured out" by someone in my first week of blogging. As a way to commend me on posting while exposing me all at once, one of my friends told me "I think that you already have an intuition about how you're going to integrate your Marist self into your daily self, because you started your reflection on your own but then had the gut and amazing idea to SHARE with your community about it." THAT was the moment I wanted to quit this series altogether. I GOT FIGURED OUT SO QUICK, Y'ALL! IT WAS BAD!
So, this is the last letter I plan to write (for awhile, I guess). This is the last chapter of BMiTRW.
However, I don't think that I ever truly answered the question "How do I integrate being Marist in 'the real world'?" like I thought I would've done by now. I don't even know how to explain in words what "being marist" means. I was told that my blog helped people get through the day, so maybe the truth is within the words. I was also told that I live the "Marist Charism" everyday, so maybe the truth is within the actions. I was told that I have too many "Marist/Esopus" affiliated clothes as well, so maybe the truth is within the wardrobe. Plus, I was told I eat a lot, so maybe the truth is in the pudding. WHO KNOWS?!? I think the truth is that I don't know how to purposely live like Marcellin Champagnant without being a wannabe Marcellin Champagnant. All I could do is just act like Marcellin Champagnant on accident by doing what I believe a good person should do, if that makes sense.
I think that's what this blog was for. I'm still on my way to discovering this and I'd still like for you to come along with me whether or not the title of this blog is different. I want this blog to identify with anyone who feels the same way I do. This blog is for those who wish to feel the "Esopus high" even when they're at home. This blog is for those who seek advice on how to incorporate the teachings of Marcellin Champagnant in everyday life. This blog was/is/will always be for everyone.
Well friend, this concludes "Being Marist in 'The Real World'". I hope you enjoyed and make time to check out my other friends' blogs & leave them positive feedback. Thank you so much for reading my letters to you, friend. See you soon!
Sincerely Yours Always,
PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: Billie Eilish - when the party's over
(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)