April 23rd. Two months past the big 50 birthday. Two months of writing this blog everyday. Two months of trying to extract moments, memories, ideas, thoughts from my life and put them down in a way that inspires both me and all of you.
I give myself an A for effort but a B- for achievement. I’m not too troubled by those grades because this is all new to me and I’m figuring it out as I go along. And, hey, I got an A for effort (let’s pretend that I’m not the one who gave myself the A.)
One struggle I’ve faced is coming up with ideas that are simple enough to write about in a short form but interesting enough to keep people reading. The odd thing is that I spent some time recently compiling a list of blog topics from approximately 100 pages of random notes I’ve taken over the last year and filed in a folder aptly titled “Blog topics.” Trying to create some order out of the chaos. Yet even with the list in hand, and it’s a pretty good list, I still find myself stressing out over what I am going to write tomorrow. Not every tomorrow but maybe three days out of the week.
I think what I’ve come to is a decision not to make every post what I call a one-up post. By that, I mean a post that only stands alone. I crave connection in all aspects of my life and writing and reading are not exceptions.
This blog is about something. It’s about my personal quest to find joy in my life every single day for as long as I live. And it is also about educating others about
- joy-seeking when you can’t see beyond the difficult realities of everyday life,
- living out our dreams as we approach middle-age and beyond,
- getting and staying happy and healthy, and
- challenging conventional thinking about what it means to grow older.
I want to be able to go deeper into the exploration of the issues and ideas that comprise the intentions of the blog. I want one post to lead into another, to build upon the last one, to expand upon the surface combing of these subjects. I want to mine them for gold or at least some interesting and unexpected artifacts.
I haven’t fully visualized how I will do this, but I’m working on it and hope to begin to get into the heart of this thing and make some meaning for myself and hopefully for you.
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