Thursday, January 6, 2011

24-Hour Life Change

I'm sure by now most of you have heard about Ted Williams. No, not the fame Boston Red Sox player whose family chose to have his body frozen after his death in 2002. Not this Ted Williams.

There's a new Ted Williams on the scene. This guy.

In the past 24 hours, this guy has gone from living in a tent near a highway in Columbus, Ohio, to a haircut and new clothes, prospects of a new job, media appearances and a reunion with his 90-year-old mother. Read more of the story here.

I don't know how all of this started but I saw this video yesterday afternoon.

About three hours later, the Cleveland Cavaliers came calling. So did NFL Films. All because of the guy who made this video.

I majored in broadcast journalism in college and the one thing I learned about this industry is that it's not just about getting the news to people. It's about being aware of the world around you and taking notice of it, and then telling its story. It's about knowing that there is always more to a "story" than you think and every person in this world is a character who plays a role in this thing we call life.

What makes a journalist is a passion and desire to seek out story in every situation in life. To look a person or a business or a situation and wonder what's behind it. We all have a story to tell. We all do. Some of us can tell our own story. Some of us need help getting it out there.

The guy who made this video is obviously a journalist. He sees this guy every day. He passes him on the street. But I imagine what led to this video is his curiousity got the best of him and he decided to get a video camera and take matters into his own hands. He posted it on YouTube and it went viral.

And now a person's entire life has changed.

What would this world be like if we all had a passion to find true story in life and tell it? I like to think there would be a lot less judgment and a little more harmony.

But that's just me.

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