Oh, hey! Remember when I used to blog? Well, I’m bringing it back. I know, I know. I said that before, and then didn’t follow through. In fact, I never really followed through with making the whole list in the first place. The point of the list and blog, in case you’re new here or forgot, was to come up with 35 things to do, see, eat, or experience…then actually do them… and then write about them…before I turned 35. Welllllll…now I’m 36, I only ever listed 29 things, and I don’t even really know how many things I actually accomplished. But you know what? I’m ok with that.
Here’s some truth: Sometimes, I don’t finish things. For example, remember when I used to knit? Me neither. But apparently I did. As evidence, there is a half-finished, hand-knit blanket in my hall closet which I gave to my brother for Christmas one year and then promptly took back so I could “finish” it. That was six years ago. Sorry, bro. I owe you one. Also, I own approximately 347 books. About 124 of them have bookmarks in the middle somewhere where I abandoned them for a new read. I just made those numbers up, for the sake of another example and so I wouldn’t abandon this post to go count my books instead of writing, but you get the point, right? Sometimes I don’t finish things. However, sometimes, many times, most times, I do. I don’t want you to think I’m a total flake. I’m actually quite responsible. One of my favorite t-shirts says so. Unfinished isn’t always bad. Some might argue that a blog is never finished. A list on the other hand, probably should be, but it’s ok. Here we are, back on the blog. Welcome back!
There are a few reasons that I’m coming back to blogging and my list idea. The first is that I’ve been thinking about writing a lot recently. Writing keeps popping up in my thoughts and books and conversations. I like writing. I like the process of creating something. But thinking and talking and reading about writing is not enough. It’s like thinking about running or thinking about doing yoga. Both of which I thought about for quite some time before actually doing them. I’m a thinker. But, thinking only gets you/me so far. So here I am, writing.
Also, I’ve had the chance to share my blog with a few new people recently and rereading it several times myself reminded me of the fun that came along with my list. I am so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the people in my life–you know who you are! So many of them jumped right into my list idea back then. They planned events and outings to help me do the things on my list, but, more importantly, they did my list with me. It was a lot of fun! We’ve been having lots of fun without the blog, but something about setting goals, reflecting and having a chronicle of my time has been calling to me recently. So here I am, writing. Again.
One thing I don’t really want the blog comeback to be about is a new year’s resolution. I mean, maybe it is. Slightly. A smidge. Because the new year is kind of like that. Whether I want it to or not, it makes me want to start something new. Is it just me, or do resolutions have a bad rep these days? All that expectation. Whatever. It’s not a resolution. Just thought I’d mention that, being that it’s almost January 1.
Something will have to be done about the list. I haven’t totally ironed that out yet, but I have some ideas. I’m thinking of something a little shorter, perhaps seasonal. I’ll take your suggestions if you care to share. I might even take some of you along on the doing–you know who you are! Let’s go!