So, here I am, sitting at my dining room table in front of my computer. I have a group of candles burning beside me as the only source of light. Flickering light. Flickering thoughts as I reflect on blogging. I can't believe I have been writing here in my own little corner of the blog world for 5 whole years. Who knew I was so yappy? 60 months, 1825 days, and 1458 posts!
5 years later? Older. Wiser? hmmmm.......... That's debatable. Have I learned anything? Yes. Have I changed? Oh yes, big shifts. Have I matured? No. Have I acquired a few more pock marks, bruises and beauty marks? Oh my God have I! Do I still see the world through the lens of the absurd? You bet. Has my world expanded? To infinity and beyond....... collecting blessings and life long friendships as I have ventured. Beautiful blessings that reach out to all corners of this global village we live, work and play in.
Awareness. It's a far reaching theme umbrella to write under. It suits me perfectly because it has allowed me to practise my writing, to experiment with wordplay, to reflect on new learning, obervations, to share stories, to make up rhymes, to broaden and to dissect. Most importantly, it has provided me a forum for personal growth, spiritually, emotionally, cognitively while hopefully offering up my own learning to add to your own learning through stories, poetry, opinion, essays, photography.
I'm struck with the range of topics I've attempted to tackle. To me, each post seems like a piece of beach glass that I either stumbled upon, or had carefully chosen to display. Some have been rounded and softened by the rolling waves, some still have pointy angles to them. Those ones hurt a bit when you close your hand around them. Shards of glass, all uniquely shaped. Some clear like the sheets of a window, while others opague with a layer of white chalk on them. The ones which are the most pleasing to my eye come in light catching greens and rare cobalt blue or porcelain white.
Beach glass doesn't come from nowhere..... they all have an unknown history much larger and grander than the remnant left on the shoreline. What you see when you pick it up to explore its texture, shape and colour is merely the tip of its story. Just like the writing I do on this blog. So much of what I write is the mere tip of my life's observations. But just like the beach glass, it is what ends up on the shore of my thinking.......it's what gleams in my thoughts that I end up capturing.
I look at what I've written and see it as individual pieces. Then, I stand back to look at the body of work as a whole and I see the mosaic patchwork created. Under the theme of Awareness, this elemental montage forms a rough worn window on my soul. If my soul is a cabin in the woods down by the water, this is one of the windows where the light gets in. Peak through the collage of beach glass and you will see a part of who I am. Not all of me.
This blog is a slice of my story. It captures reflected observations, feelings and opinions. There is so much more I either choose not to share, havent discovered or written about yet. That's the thing about awareness. Not only is is a broad theme..... it is an infinite one as vast as the oceans where beach glass is tumbled and molded.
Miles to go before I sleep.
Miles to go before I sleep.
My blog is a work in progress. My mosaic window is incomplete. Just like me............ there is more to learn. There is more to explore. There is more to reflect upon. I am a work in progress. Just like you! A human becoming.....
5 years and counting........... I love this place and it warms me right down to my painted toenails that you seem to enjoy it too. :)
painting by Valerie Leri