Does the world really need another blog? I’m not sure if the world needs one, but I do.
I turned 30 about a month ago. As I approached my 30th birthday, I took stock of my life. I asked the prototypical milestone questions people ask themselves. Am I happy where I’m at? Am I content with the direction I’m headed and my general trajectory in life? Where do I want to be in five years? How did I do over the past 10 years? Stuff like that.
In honesty, when I looked at the past decade, I thought I had some things I would do the same way, and some things I would do differently.
I’m pretty satisfied with the career and educational choices I’ve made, and I’ve been relatively successful at both. However, my career and educational trajectory wasn’t without the kinds of fits and starts and rocky moments that are, I think, common to young adults starting out in the world and trying to find their footing.
What I realized, as I really started to analyze where I was at and where I was going, was that I had achieved things in some areas of my life by ignoring other areas. I haven’t taken really good care of myself, and I’ve sometimes pursued professional achievement and advancement to the detriment of my own wellbeing and the personal relationships I’ve held most dear. So, at 30, I’m looking to reprioritize. I’m looking to focus more on the things that matter to me and that I enjoy.
In the past few months I’ve started down this path, and it has already presented some difficulties. I quit smoking over two months ago. That was hard. People always tell you it’s hard, but you never really appreciate how hard it is until you try to do it yourself.
I significantly cut down on my drinking. I’ve had two alcoholic drinks in the past three weeks.
I started working out again. I haven’t missed a workout in 18 days.
I picked up books again. I finished two in the past two weeks.
Finally, I made a commitment to myself that I’m going to start writing more.
I really love to write. There’s something about sitting down and firing off a few lines that fills me with joy. I’ve been trying to find the best way to do it, and I think I’ve written something every day so far–whether it’s in a journal or in a composition notebook or on my laptop or, now, here on this blog.
What I’d like to do is start posting here–my notes and errata and random thoughts about what is going on in my world and the world around me. It might get pretty eclectic, which will be a reflection of my own taste, but I think that will be ok. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy.