It seems appropriate, in this Armistice month, that I should write my Last Post.
I haven’t renewed my WordPress subscription as I feel I have said all I want to say under my theme of At 26 – stuff I wish I’d known back when I was that age.
Although I have strayed from my point, on a number of occasions, when I started my blog, I had some specific objectives. Here’s how I got on with those.
My main aims were:-
- tackle my IT/social media fears to set up a basic blog – √
- challenge myself to put my thoughts and writing out there for others to read and comment upon – √
- order my thoughts around some issues that I have encountered, in my adult life, and write about them in a reasonably coherent way – √ ( I think)
- read other blogs, on topics of interest to me, to see what’s going on out there and what others are doing, beyond my little world – √
- get some stuff out of my system – √
- leave some sort of cyber footprint – ???? (not sure about that one, but I find now it doesn’t matter)
- practice my writing skills in preparation for that novel I always meant to write – √
It feels really good, as the year draws to its close, to have accumulated those √. My confidence, some of which I lost, as a consequence of some personal issues, has been restored. I feel inspired and excited to go forward into next year with some new challenges. As I approach another birthday and, after that, hurtle towards another with a round number with a 6 in it (!) I am grateful and really quite chuffed to anticipate interesting stuff ahead of me and possibilities. I’m hopeful that you’re never too old for possibilities. I say that, having recently read about a dear old lady who did her first sky dive in her 90s. At the moment, I haven’t set that as one of my challenges, but you never know …………………….
Before I put down my cyber blog pen, at least for the time being ( I may be back!), I want to say a big thanks to those who have taken time to read, consider and comment on my posts. That has been such an affirming experience for me. You’ve helped me a lot. At the same time, it has been beyond interesting to hear about lives led both here, in my own country, and abroad as well. I have been a bit sexist about the blogs I follow, not deliberately, but I have so loved the insight into the lives of other women, both older and younger – the issues they face and how they tackle them. There are some amazing women out there, but then I always knew that. The guys are great too, but they always knew that! 🙂
I plan to keep following my favourite blogs, even though I will not be writing myself. Well, I will be writing, just differently. I aim to try and complete a novel rather than just talk about it. After that, who knows? Maybe I’ll write another. I’ve started and I’m enjoying it, but I know I’ll get fed up eventually and then I’ll have to dig in to get to the last page.
Apart from that, I’ll continue with my part-time work in adult social care. In the next few weeks, I’ll start work as a helpline volunteer for a mental health charity. Around and between this stuff, there will hopefully be more travels with my partner and my dog as well as time to just be….. I realise I need that for my own mental health. It’s taken a while………..
So keep on blogging people. You’re doing a great job. Most importantly – look after yourselves and your own health and wellbeing.