I know what you’re thinking. Another self-absorbed, unqualified egomaniac starting a blog about something I don’t care about. What is this, 2006? I bear with you to stick with me through this 163-page memoir (it’s really not that long) on why I’m starting this blogging thing.
So, a little bit about me. I’m Zechariah Lee, a 22-year old with a degree in economics who moved to Huntington Beach in search of the endless summer, but most importantly, financial stability. My whole life, up until this point, has been all about one thing: school. Now, obviously, that isn’t completely true. I picked up a few hobbies along the way. In my freshman year of high school, I picked up volleyball in a last-ditch attempt to get out of being graded for running a sub-ten-minute mile. God, high school sucks. Anyway, short story shorter, I fell in love with it and went on to play for a tiny, division III (it’s competitive, I promise) liberal arts college in upstate New York. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college and one of my best friends, Harry, asked me if I wanted to go out and take photos of the stars. After all, it was getting warmer out and it was a rare, not-a-single-cloud-in-the-sky kind of night. When we got all set up, he quickly taught me the basics of using a camera: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Game over.
If you’re reading this, chances are you know me for my photography. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel the world and meet some of the coolest people all because of one night learning to take long-exposure photos of the sky. Thank you, Harry. I miss you and love you. You changed my life. I started an Instagram account from scratch and challenged myself to see how far I could go with photography. I’d like to say I did a halfway decent job but the one problem (and I really wouldn’t call it that big of a problem) was that, besides my good friends, everyone only knew me for my camera.
I’m the kind of person that has interests in a myriad of things at the same time. This is usually beneficial but sometimes I can put too much on my plate. I’m also the type to get very passionate about the things I’m interested in only to burn out in a fiery display of frustration and pessimism, however, there have been a few interests that have kept me coming back for more: menswear, health and wellness, photography, and music. The other problem about this was I wanted to learn more about the things I was interested in but I couldn’t seem to find the right place to look (if you direct me to a place where I can read about all of my interests, I’ll quit blogging…just kidding, but really).
Take menswear for example. There are plenty of incredible bloggers out there that are way more qualified than I am but their lives are idealized and, often times, unrealistic. I get it, that’s the appeal, living vicariously through someone. But, seriously, I’ll put on a J. Crew sweater because I saw it on a menswear blog like GQ or Esquire (I’m not naming specific names because I admire and respect the menswear community too much to throw anyone under the bus) but, sometimes, it ends up looking like I just put on a garbage bag, and sometimes it looks fantastic and I feel like I can take over the world – that is, until I inevitably spill something on it. Not J. Crew’s fault. Not GQ or Esquire’s fault. That’s just life. Some things fit well, some things don’t. So that is the point of starting this blog: to share my normal passions with normal people in a relatively normal way. I’ll write out my thoughts and if you choose to read them, it’ll be like talking to a friend who is trying way too hard to be funny. It’ll be enjoyable, I promise.
Well, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you get a cookie. No, really, sign up here and send me something along the lines of, “Hey I read this stupid blog post now give me my stupid cookie”, along with your Venmo username and I will literally send you money for a cookie. I really hope this doesn’t go viral. Can the SEC shut me down for not delivering on this? Brownie points if you get the joke. We love Tesla. ANYWAY, this is my blog, with things I’m interested in, shared with all of you guys. What could possibly go wrong?