Today is a special day, a day that is long overdue. I have a story to tell and ideas to share. How did I not realize that a venue like this was lying in wait all along. The egotistical me was camping out waiting for a director to discover me or perhaps a documentary to be made about me beating the odds, maybe a Broadway musical featuring me and my story? I have always been expecting something larger than life. On my way home from school in grade 7, I remember running as fast as I could and then jumping over as many lines in the sidewalk as I could, all the way home. I had convinced myself that the Olympic selection committee would surely drive by at just the right moment to capture my athleticism and gazelle like speed. It’s really not that I think I am special like that anymore or that I deserve some sort of fan fare, more so that I have made most of the mistakes a person can make and chose to learn from them and embrace the cliche but so very true, silver lining. It would be prudent for me to state in my very first blog post, my favorite quote as it has been nothing less than crystallized in my mind since 1994, thanks to a wise friend “DD” giving me a book whilst finding myself on a 2 week hitchhiking trip turned multi year college stint on Vancouver Island in Victoria, BC.
“What the mind of a man can conceive and believe, the mind of a man can achieve”
I cannot type fast enough, each keystroke is such a release and so therapeutic, such a beautiful surprise today! Credit to my wonderful Mother for the suggestion yesterday to begin a blog, and for living up to the old adage that “Mother knows best”. My desire to share my collected knowledge has been absolutely bursting at the seems with no outlet. I tackled Toastmasters for a time, a couple of municipal election runs, never feeling fully satisfied. I want someone to listen to the things that I have to say. If what I write becomes valuable to someone, I will be so thankful. Should someone not like my stories, suggestions, and remedies, it is not forced and the reader maintains control, I love that. This is my happy place right here and right now. I have been trying to write a book for seven or eight years and failing miserably, as I seem to struggle writing in the context of a story that has a beginning and an end. Here, I am realizing that I get to write small spurts without the pressure of accumulating 50,000 words that all seamlessly flow together. This is not for financial gain which also excites me as the things that I would like to share I learned through the making of costly mistakes and I wish to save the reader admission. This communication feels so very comfortable to me and I am excited to share so much. The problem is I will go on and on forever and my lack of blog etiquette and knowledge could create discomfort. So I will end blog post #1 by asking for any advice from experienced bloggers regarding length, depth, and the like…please?
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