I started Lust for Life 7 years ago, on a shared family computer in the living room, ignited by a gnawing boredom after a fresh move to the suburbs. I was 14. Back then the blogging community resembled a band of outsiders. My inability to find any common interest in my small town suburb diverted my attention online, and it was then I discovered how a community I found on screen inspired me more than people in my proximity. I logged into a world where I finally found like minded souls, one that didn’t exist in my town of jocks and cheerleaders. It goes without saying that the blogging community was completely different then. It was a raw space, more about sharing who you are to the world and far less about show-and-tell. There were no monetary motives to put yourself out there. Lust for Life grew out of that period of blogging; it was a pursuit to document personal growth, if anything. While the growth of this site has been nothing but gradual, what I was able accomplish in seven years are two things: develop and diversify my interests beyond the pixels of a screen, and maintaing the core of why I started this site in the first place.
It would be a lie if I said I didn’t make some ill-informed decisions along the way. But what I realized is that all of the negative experiences I’ve had through blogging, whether it was bad management or losing sight to false pretenses, these were only challenges that help me re-assess and prioritize what I wanted in my own life and the purpose behind this blog in the first place. Lust for Life will always be a passion project, completely motivated by whatever whim of inspiration comes my way. After all, the over arching theme of this site has been the magic of spontaneity and creating connections that transcends the screen. It’s been one serendipitous ride that’s completely changed the trajectory of my life.
But even though I’ve documented a huge chunk of my formative years online, I’ve left out a lot of context of who I am off-screen. With this fresh face lift, I hope to explore a more expansive range of topics, and hell, I might even blog more than once every two weeks. I hope you enjoy the new site, and stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come.
A huge thank you to Paul Allan for developing the new site.