Beginnings are full of excitement and hope and promise. Which makes me wonder: why do they cause me so much stress?
I’ve been thinking about this blog for months, jotting down notes, discussing with others, and doing general research. My Evernote folders are filled with ideas and clippings and links, and I’ve created brief descriptions of my intent and lists of subjects that I expect to cover.
Yet, my anxiety level is pretty high. I am struggling with my approach: What do I say first? How do I say it? How do I engage my readers and get them to want to interact with me? How do I turn this into something that people turn to for guidance, curiosity, to discuss their own life situations? How do I get what I need out of this AND give back?
I tried to condense the intended purpose of “FIFTY” in the “ABOUT” section of the blog (read more here) down to a single, ridiculously long sentence:
“We could spend the rest of our days bitching about our culture’s idolization of starving models and wrinkle-free celebrities or about books and movies that cater to the lowest common denominator or about the stiffness we sometimes feel when we get out of bed — OR — we could use that wasted energy to play to our strengths and make the most out of our lives for as long as we are able.”
Make the most out of lives. That’s what I want to do. That’s what most of us want to do, no matter how young or old we are.
So I have begun by playing to some of my strengths: observing and writing and raising questions to which I don’t always have answers.
When you stop and think about yourself, are you using some of your strengths to make the most out of your life? If you are, how can you incorporate more strengths into the equation? If you are not, how can you begin?
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