What Comes After Fifty? (Day 162)

The TV is on in the background and my friend is in the other hotel bed, texting with her daughter. We are chaperoning at a regatta so we are away from home. I was texting with my daughter, who was with my friend’s daughter and about ten others down at the hotel pool, when it struck me that it was 9:30 and I hadn’t written a blog post yet.

And I don’t feel like writing a blog post.

My friend says, “I can’t believe you write one everyday.”

I say, “Neither can I.”

She asks, “What are you going to do when you turn 51.”

I say, “Stop.”

I am making a woe-is-me joke not giving an actual answer.

The truth is that I don’t know what I will do regarding my blog, but I expect I will continue to write, probably weekly. It will still be a blog but it will differ from this one in several ways.

One of the things I don’t like about a daily blog is that I rarely have time to polish my writing. I write whatever comes to mind and I write until I’m finished. This means that sometimes I say stupid stuff and sometimes my writing is not up to the quality of writing that I like to put out in the world. Writing is rewriting and I don’t have the luxury of doing that with this blog.

The blog that follows this one will be more focused on a subject/theme (still debating this); the posts will be longer and more thoughtful or thought-provoking; and I will take the time to only put out there content and writing that I deem to be high quality.

I wish that when I write off the top of my head I could say things with more punch and write them more clearly, but that isn’t the way it works. Of all the things I’ve learned from this exercise in a daily public journal, the hardest one has been to realize that I am not always interesting, and that my writing isn’t always as clear or impactful as I’d like it to be.

I’m kind of excited about my post-50 blog, but that’s still 204 days away.

204 days filled with whatever sparks my interest, hopefully written in a way that sparks yours as well.

Sara

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4 thoughts on “What Comes After Fifty? (Day 162)

  1. I’m enjoying FIFTY thoroughly and will maybe be sad when more polished writing comes. There’s a lot to be said for the raw stuff. You’re getting at so many good things, so many things that resonate with me (and likely others, although I know I am a bit of an alien!). I am both impressed with and proud of your commitment to this daily work. And, of course, a beneficiary of it. I wish I could be better about reading it every day…Sigh. This says much about my own commitment as a writer…

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