I remember when I was 16 or so, I would love to sit for hours and listen to my Grandfather tell me stories about his life. He was a fascinating man and had led a fascinating life. He was a retired teacher, and a retired nurse; a very educated man. He had a sense of humor, and knowing my love of writing, would indulge my curiosity and encourage me to put all that he was telling me on paper. Along the way, he would also give me quotes of inspiration, nudging me in a not-so-subtle way to achieve all that I was capable of achieving. I’ve never forgotten his words, although I never put them on paper as he suggested.
As a parent of two (a son in college and a daughter fresh out of nursing school), I’m often looking for words to inspire my children in much the same way. But, times have changed. We live life at a faster pace, and I don’t often get hours to sit with my children and share life stories and quotes of inspiration. I’ve succumbed to modern technology, and texting as a tool to send snippets of motivation and encouragement. After sending my second quote of the week to my son the other day – you know, the ones about setting goals and not giving up until they’ve been achieved, or about how one person can make a difference in this big ol’ world (The Starfish is a favorite story of mine) – it occurred to me that I needed to heed my own advice.
And so, on the cusp of my 50th birthday, I’ve decided it’s time to practice what I preach, and what my grandfather preached to me. My goals are pretty simple, even though I haven’t worked very hard at attaining them. I love to write and have always wanted to see what I could accomplish with writing. This blog will be my first step, but there are others. I’d like to share my journey with you. I’m not suggesting that you merely follow my quest. I’m asking you to join me. Together, we’ll tackle our goals and inspire one another. I’ve taken my first step. What’s yours?