Before we start building this manifesto (see previous episode) I want to do some formal introductions so you guys know exactly who I am, for those of you who are new around here, what I do, and where my perspective comes from and essentially what my story looks like thus far…

So friends, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tyler Jarvis and I live in Atlanta, GA, by-way-of, Cincinnati, OH. I’m a Singer/Songwriter, Worship Leader, musician, dreamer, son, friend, and brother. I love baseball, traveling, meeting new people, craft beer, cigars, hoodie and jeans weather, exploring new places, and telling stories.

I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH in the small city of Hamilton with my parents, Jay and Kim, and my younger brother, Ian. I lived in the same house for eighteen years (in which my parents still live to this day over 24 years later) and grew up playing baseball at my local little league, getting into shenanigans with my brother, and performing in my schools choir.

From a very young age I noticed myself as a creative…I noticed that I was intricately thinking through things in ways that my friends or peers were not thinking. At the time I didn’t really understand how to express that creativity and naturally fell back to what I knew best, which was playing baseball and chasing that athletic dream. Throughout the years I found myself slowly becoming less of an athlete and more of a musician/creative. It genuinely felt like part of who I was, and something organic that I couldn’t ignore. In high school I began leading worship and playing in the youth band at the local church my family attended. As I began to grow in my competency and passion in music I found myself headed to Lee University in Cleveland, TN to continue chasing that passion (in whatever form or fashion it would come).

Throughout four years I found myself immersed among like minded, faith filled friends who pushed me to be greater…but I didn’t truly chase music that I always thought I might. It wasn’t until after I left college in 2016 that I took the leap and started off on this music journey that I’m now currently on. Since college I have released seven songs (two singles and a five song EP), I have played shows all throughout the southeast and midwest, and have moved to Georgia to continue chasing a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid.

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Now here’s what amazing…just from that small story of my life you can already get a depiction of what my reality looks like and what I would define as “normal.” Just by hearing a very short and abbreviated version of my story, you can see where I come from, why and how I view the world, and how that changes the way I interact within it. With that in mind, I would like to propose an idea…none of us can say that the way we view the world is “normal” because what that would then indicate is that the way EVERYONE else views the world is essentially not normal…and that is incredibly false my friends. Next week, I want to talk about this idea of “normal” and how it can play into our day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year views of life.

Let’s talk “normal” next week,

- Tyler

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