jake knight about
stories by me about me, autobiographically
LukeyoutheU (the website you are now viewing, and its podcast and books) may turn out to be my life's work. Much, even possibly most, of the thinking I have done in life about life is represented in this work. If you get to know it, you will get to know me.
Every person has a story—and, probably, many of them. Here is a story about me.
Born and raised in the Free State (Maryland, USA), I lived in a suburb of Washington, D.C. until almost fifteen; then, with my family (naturally enough), I moved to Baltimore County where I lived for the next three years. College in Virginia (UVa, B.S. Commerce, Religious Studies minor) was followed by not quite three years in New York City (Manhattan, Upper East Side). Unsure of my life's direction, I returned to Maryland, making Baltimore City my home for the next four years.
After a serious, faith-questioning struggle, I came out as gay at twenty-eight. I made a monumental change by moving from the East to the West Coast of the United States (to San Francisco, California). The City by the Bay was my happy home for the next eighteen years. I thought I would never leave; until the morning of July 28th, 2011, that is. That morning, as the light reflected off my golden/ burnt umberish walls, I had an epiphany. Because of it, and the decisions that flowed from it, I have lived, in succession, in Los Angeles, CA (.5 years), Myrtle Beach, SC (.75), Palm Springs, CA (2), Newbury Park, CA (2), and Rocklin, CA (4). Rocklin is where I now make my home.
I am no paragon of virtue; I am no visiting saint. If you want to find fault with me, there are opportunities to do so. Nonetheless, if you are open to the idea, I ask you to consider what I and others promote through LukeyoutheU: Life is good. It can be made better.
I am awaiting/ anticipating/ creating the unfolding of the third part of my life. Will it be short, medium or long? Inconsequential, or otherwise? What will I do, who will I be?
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Those are some of the facts. Here is what I understand/ take from those facts:
We have the possibility of often enjoying rather than only enduring our lives. Joy is a, the?, purpose of life.
Each situation, person, moment, day presents us with choice. We either pay attention or choose not to; listen, or don't; decide and act, or continue in making the new which looks to be more of the old.
There is a question which I frequently ask myself: is what I am, what we are, focused on/ doing useful, and good?
For more of what I think and believe:
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