(The third part in a series of 20 Questions post about myself. This will be the final one for a while. Maybe when I become a husband and father one day or businessman I will do some more then. But for now writer, blogger, and average guy seem to be the three different sides of John Siebelink.)
What is your full name?
John Wesley Siebelink
What city were you born in?
Do you have any siblings?
I have two younger brothers, Drew and Cy. Both of them have girlfriends who I look at as sister-in-laws.
Are you spoken for?
I most certainly am!
What are some of your hobbies?
Writing and blogging take up the majority of my time, but when I can I also play video games, read, watch random videos on YouTube and hit up the gym. When the weather is nice I try to take the Chihuahua for a walk once or twice a day. When I have extra cash, which is rare these days, I also like to shop.
What kind of an education do you have?
I graduated from high school in 2008, and earned college credits during my time in the Marine Corps. I have a little over one year of community college completed as of this writing.
What was the most memorable event in your life?
Earning the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor at the end of the Crucible on October 2, 2008 at Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, California. That is when I officially went from being a recruit to a full-fledged Marine. That was something else, let me tell you.
What is one thing you are most proud of?
I am most proud of my old-fashioned morals. I treat people with respect, hold doors open for people, am extremely loyal, and a hard-worker. You don’t see that much often anymore.
What is something you are not very proud of?
I ran away from home a couple of times when I was younger. I always seemed to be a big troublemaker who gave my parents the roughest of times, especially in late middle school, early high school. I am very glad I grew out of the trouble-making stage. They were not my finest moments…
What are some of your biggest dreams and goals in life?
On a personal level, getting married and having a baby have always been my biggest dreams. Professionally, I wish to become a full-time writer and start up a business of my own that I have been looking into for a few years now. Being able to work from home, be my own boss, and spend as much time as possible with the future family would make my entire life complete.
Who were some of your biggest role models growing up?
As with a lot of folks, my parents were major influences on growing up, and still are to this day. They taught me the value of hard work and loyalty, and Dad always drilled the point in that one has to do what they need to do and get their priorities right before anything else. My grandparents on both sides have always been kind, loving, and always there when we needed them without being judgmental. These are all the kind of parent and grandparent I want to be when the time comes. I couldn’t ask for such better people in my life. My aunts and uncles fall into this exact same category. We are such a strong and amazing family.
What are some things that have caused you to have doubt in your life?
Reading successful books and blogs and feeling like nothing I write could ever be as good as any of that is what kept me from writing for a very long time. Since I started dating at age 19, I have had many short-lived relationships, in which all but one of them ended with me being cheated on and my heart torn to pieces inside my chest. I doubted for a long time after that that I would ever find love and that there was just something about me that women didn’t like. I felt very lonely. Then I met Alexis on Election Night 2016 and life hasn’t been the same since.
What do most people not know about you?
I’ve only ever mentioned me being a published writer on my blog, so that is probably not something the average person knows about me.
Could you go a week without the internet?
I have, actually, both because of the military and when I moved into my apartment. I can certainly go without it, but now that I have an increasingly large blog presence I don’t think I ever want to go without it again. It’s too important to my work nowadays.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Still to this day my dad will remind me to not worry about anybody else, and to worry about myself first. It is truly the very best advice anyone could give you, if you think about it.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Jaywalkers. Especially when disabled people attempt to cross a busy street on crutched or with a walker…or worse, a mom with a stroller. I don’t understand why people take such STUPID risks likes that.
Are you religious?
I consider myself a Christian, although I don’t go to church and otherwise don’t practice my religion. I grew up in an ELCA Lutheran church and have read the Bible cover to cover many times and make it a point to pray before I go to bed at night. It has helped me develop my moral compass, I think.
Do you concern yourself with politics?
I’m not big into politics; I don’t attend rallies or sign a lot of petitions or write Congressmen or anything like that (with the occasional exception). I do, however, vote and write about political topics on my blog when I feel a post is warranted. I identify nowadays as a right-leaning moderate, though I am also very liberal when it comes to a few specific issues.
If you could go back in time and give your younger self one sentence of advice, what would it be?
Never quit, never give up, and NEVER STOP WRITING.
How would you want the world to remember you?
I would just simply hope that they saw me as a good man, above anything el