In all honesty, I have been putting off my first post for a while now because part of me feels like it should be something profound. However, the more I think about it, I feel like if I keep putting it off, I will never end up posting anything profound at all. I figure I should just get this first one out-of-the-way and start writing the pieces that have been roaming around my head for weeks now. There are so many thoughts that have resulted from conversations I have had with the people around me recently, movies I have been watching, and the random thoughts that cloud my mind and prevent me from sleeping at night; all of which still need to be penned and shared with you all.
I think that the first thing that I should tackle is the reason behind the name for this section of the site; A Gambit’s Predicament. Thus far, everyone has assumed that it’s an X-Men reference to the character Gambit, however, I hate to burst everyone’s bubble but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, I love the character and the X-Men franchise is one of my favorites of all time. The origin of the title resulted from curiosity really. I was watching a television show one day and gambit was used in the title of a yacht. Knowing that most things in the show had meanings that made sense if you really thought about them, I decided to look up the world and see what hidden meaning it possessed. It turns out that the noun gambit is defined as “a device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage”. That got me to thinking about how many times we actually make gambits and not even know what the actual term is.
With each gambit that we make, we run the risk of things not going according to the way we thought they would and it leads us down paths that we never thought we would travel. That’s where the predicament aspect comes into play. In a way, being a part of this website and putting my thoughts, actions, and creativity out there is a gambit for me. I often wonder if I should let people know the thoughts that actually go on in my head. There is always the fear of being judged and criticized for the way we think, the thoughts we choose to reveal, and the perspective that we share with the world. I’ve given it some serious thought and I have decided that it’s time to just say screw it all and write what comes to mind, comes from the heart, and comes from the darkest depths of my being.
Here is where it all starts; this is the first. There is much more to come and I hope you join me on this journey and see where it takes me. Stay tuned for more posts, pictures, and a consortium of creativity that is coming your way. By the way, that’s one of my new favorite words, consortium. Stay happy and keep smiling.