“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
This timeless quote, has inspired countless people through the ages of time and it still rings as true today as it did when Lao Tzu first penned it. Scary as it may seem at times to attempt to step into a world you’ve never set foot in, the truth is without setting your feet on the ground and methodically moving them forward one foot at a time, you will no doubt stay stuck in the same place. You will continue to dream of experiences, wishing for them but never really having them.
Like many brave blogging souls before me, the journey into the big wide – and maybe terrifying – world of a 1,000 blogs has to start with a single key stroke. So with Tzu’s inspiration etched into my brain, I am setting out for my journey into areas that will force me to become more actively engaged with the world around me. With that one key stroke, one word, one blog post, I’ve taken that single first step.
Another one of my all time favorite quotes, is one that was instilled in me by my mother many moons ago, “Age is only a number, It doesn’t define you, It’s doesn’t limit your dreams”. Another truth to remember, as I attempt to enter a world dominated by hipper, younger and more experienced bloggers.
I may not need to try and figure out life as a young mother (been there, done that) or crave the latest trends (I’ll leave that to my daughter), but I will need to figure out how to balance a new chapter of my life. Learning seems to never end. I’ll be learning how to adjust to having more freedom as I enter the world of the semi-empty nester, mother of 2 almost adult kids. I’ll be dealing with a mind that feels young and confident, while dealing with a body that’s not as young as it used to be, trying look and feel my best.
Even with confidence and experience on my side from other areas of my life, I am facing a new challenge and re-visiting old emotions. I image that other bloggers have gone through the same emotions as I have gone through agonizing over the first post — or at least I hope so. Feelings of being in a tug-of-war match or gripping onto a wildly swinging emotional pendulum of conflicting thoughts ranging from excitement and insecurity to confidence and worry. On top of that, I fret will anyone actually “like”, “follow”, “pin” or “subscribe” to. There’s a lot to ponder and question.
I could let these thoughts control me and keep me frozen and unable to move forward, or I can fight them off and say, “Let the journey begin” and be bold and fearless. Isn’t that what this is all about, having the courage and faith to open oneself up, to exposing your inner most feelings and displaying them for the world to see in hopes that you will actually touch someone’s life, or they will touch yours and make you a better person in the end. Who knows where this will lead, but I’m up for the challenge.
The single step has just been taken. Now it’s down to nine hundred ninety-nine more………….