Followers & Likers: You Rock!

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The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


So, I showed myself and they came…125 so far. While I didn’t exactly cry on anyone, I was hoping that a few people out there would “love”me. Love, meaning pause long enough to read a post and connect (on some level) with my words and/or photos.

My blogging history is relatively short; I posted once in January and twice in March of 2015. I began regular blogging this past November. My purpose was two-fold: establish an on-line presence (very important in today’s job market) and to get my thoughts & feelings out of my head & heart. They can drive a person crazy and make you feel like you might explode from all the emotions!

A lot has occurred in these last few years and blogging is very therapeutic…all at a great price. While I was working full-time and finishing a college degree, my dad began to fall…a lot. After much doctoring and tests it was determined that he had dementia. This lead to a slow and heartbreaking decline that eventually landed him in a nursing home. He lasted nine months and passed away peacefully last March. I’m going to get around to writing more about those events; I’ve only written a couple so far:  Band Aids and Grown up Band Aids. These were some of my very first posts. 

There have been other changes as well.

  • I moved to Florida and joined my son, daughter-in-law, and daughter.
  • I left the comfort & familiarity of my little apartment.
  • I left my job of 18 years to pursue a new and better career.
  • I left my SO (significant other) to hopefully figure out his own issues; we’re doing a long distance relationship and taking it one day at a time.
  • I left my son, as well as my mom, brother & sister-in-law, and a sister.

These changes weren’t easy, but they were necessary. I’m still trying to figure out where I’m headed and what my purpose is now. For many years that purpose was clear, but not so much anymore. Change is a part of life and necessary for growth. I published a quote yesterday from Viktor Frankl that spoke to my own situation. I have lots of things that I want to do and experience. Right now I’m feeling a bit lost because I’m not yet working and I don’t have a place of my own. But, I’ll find my way; I always do.

Thank youI guess that’s what makes followers & likes so important; you know somebody is listening and affirming what you’re feeling. Like a good friend who drops in or calls unexpectedly, just when we need it most. Of course, we don’t have time to read or comment on every post, but it’s truly comforting to know you folks stop by once in awhile to listen or take a look.

So, thanks to all of my “followers and likers.” I’m glad I can share bits & pieces of my life with you through my blog and look forward to reading, learning and laughing more with you through yours!

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Monday Again?

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“There aren’t enough days in the weekend.” ~ Rod Schmidt


What is it about Mondays that make it so hard to get out of bed?

A five day work week doesn’t last nearly as long as it used to. Before you can turn around it’s Friday again and time to start Happy Hour… or those house chores that are always waiting for our attention.

The weekends (or whatever your particular days off from work are) are spent doing: laundry, cleaning, shopping, cooking, banking, etc. If you’re lucky you can squeeze in time for things that YOU REALLY ENJOY (like blogging!) 

Time seems to be speeding up in direct proportion to my advancing age and it’s getting kind’ve scary. The older I get, the more things I want to:

  • try
  • see 
  • learn
  • discover
  • find
  • create
  • write
  • experience
  • taste
  • touch
  • smell…well, you get the picture.

I didn’t realize (when I was younger) how much there was to do once you got older! I was so busy going to work and raising a family that I didn’t understand how many interests I had. They were buried under the day-to-day responsibilities. 

Bored GIFWhich is why I don’t get people who fear retirement.  OK, so you’re worried that you’ll be bored. Or that you’ll schlup around in a robe and slippers and watch TV 24/7. Well, I guess if your job was the only thing that gave you enjoyment, then I see your point. But, I digress…

These folks need to figure out who they were before responsibilities got in the way. Sure, you still have to do the day-to-day upkeep, but now you can devote whole chunks of time to doing what you love most.

Or, maybe you’re like I was and simply don’t know what you love to do. If so, there are many resources on the Internet to help you figure out what your strengths are and where your interests lie. Visit the local library. Take a class. Volunteer. Join a club. 

Eventually, you’ll figure it out, your schedule will fill up, you’ll meet new people, and the only limits will be…time!