Always Bring Your Instrument…Or Your Sword

How’s this week going so far? I went to a wedding last week in Nebraska which you can check out.

Sorry, no pictures. That wasn’t my job, and I don’t take good pictures. Well, maybe I do–it’s just not the caliber of thing I’d like to be responsible for, because I haven’t had professional training.

Anyway, let’s get to it. In addition to the actual wedding, I also got to spend time with the groom, bride, and their families and friends (a lot of whom were good friends of mine).

A few of them ended up being new friends. Case in point was a guy who was in the same line of work as the groom, and a good friend of his.

His profession?

Storm chaser.

But that’s neither here nor there (and a subject for another post).

This guy was talking with everyone after he introduced himself, and the bride wanted to tell him something. She referenced a book (the Bible), and he said he’d forgot his.

“What?” she said. “Always bring your sword.”

Same thing happened to me the day after that. The bride’s dad broke out his guitar. Her mom had turned to me and asked if I brought my trumpet. I said I didn’t.

“What? You should always bring your instrument. You never know.”

(I also didn’t have the heart to tell her that the last time she heard me on stage, she might have been hearing the dude next to me on stage instead).

Depending on what your line of work is, there’ll be certain things you’ll carry with you. For most people, more often than not, it’s their cell phone (no matter if it’s smart, brainiac, or otherwise functional).

For fiction writers and copywriters, it might be a phone, or a pad and pen. For construction workers and handymen, it’s things like toolboxes. For photographers, it’s their camera bag, lenses, and memory cards.

For musicians, it’s their instrument, stand, grease, oil, or what-have-ya (like I should have thought ahead about–and actually went through with).

But there’s one thing that you’ll always carry with you, no matter what you do.

That’s your experience, knowledge, and training. Something for you to use, no matter where you are, or who you’re with.

Use it well.

And whenever you’re stuck for a subject for an email, character for a story, or what-have-ya, take a step back and ask yourself:

“What have I learned?”

And always bring your instrument (or sword, or toolbox).

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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