Like when you buy a fresh new notebook or a swish pen, and you find yourself writing a to-do list as long as your arm that delves into unnecessarily mundane detail (‘wake up, brush teeth, make a coffee’ etc. etc.) just as an excuse to use them (I know, I lead a thrilling life).
I created this blog because I’ve recently found myself with a lot of time on my hands; time which is at the same time free and limited. Alongside some other jobs, I partly work as a live-in care assistant, which means I’m at work for anything between 5 and 14 days at a time, non-stop, round the clock. Because my clients are elderly beings, they spend some of their days resting, which gives me some time to myself, albeit within the confines of their homes. I’m three days into my current placement, and have already finished one of the two books I brought with me for the week (my woman doesn’t like to have the TV switched on, so short of sitting in silence whilst she sleeps, reading is the obvious choice).
I’ve been craving a good excuse to exercise my brain a bit more. I’m forever scribbling ideas in notebooks and on scraps of paper, but I wanted to give myself an infinite space where I could collect and explore ideas, and improve my ability to write in the process (I’ve read so much about how daily journaling frees up writing, but I’ll save this for a rainy day post). There are so many subjects and ideas I want to explore and learn about. So this space is a digital journal of sorts, a collection of thoughts and ideas and studies and research. It’s a space for me to encourage and stimulate my own learning, with an added hope for the possibility that others will learn something new from it too.
Cristian Mihai was my first follower. This post on his blog was a good one for me to come across on my first day of blogging. A few of my favourite sentences are set out below:
” …if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all. That’s the great secret of success, in any endeavor whatsoever. …you’ll be amazed at the things you can do if only you take the time to properly learn them. Success is failing over and over again. In fact, you only fail if you quit. “
” You can have all the time in the world, all the resources, the technology, the people around you to support you, but if you don’t have the mental fortitude to be resilient in the face of disappointment, it will all be worthless. And you will give up. “
I hope you enjoy following my future explorations of ideas.
Edward Gorey, image from The West Wing (The Vinegar Works, #3) published 1963