Three words. That's all it took. It happens fast, that trip from the top of the world to the bottom of the shit pile. Maybe a few words like my dad's do it. Maybe an email complaint I get because someone doesn't agree with my opinion. Maybe a sideways glance in the mirror at the wrong angle. And then I wonder, why would anyone want to read anything I have to say? Who the fuck am I? What makes my stories any more interesting than anyone else's? Well, maybe they aren't. But there is one thing I always am when I write... true to me. If you haven't liked a post or more, that's OK. I can only be true to me. I learned a long time ago that you cannot please everyone so don't even try. And I don't. Instead I keep these words in mind that someone I care about told me, "If you write it, you own it. It's yours." Once I do that, it's out there, no going back, no regrets. I own it, for better or for worse.
And so again I wonder, why am I writing this blog? When I started it I was inspired by several things. One was friends illness that woke me up to the fact that at any time your life can change drastically without warning. If that happened to me, what's my legacy? And now that I think about that again, is a blog with my goofy stories a legacy? I guess it is, in some odd way. My other inspiration was a friend with a writing talent that moves me and evokes feelings in me when I read something he wrote. Moved in a good way, or in a bad way, it doesn't matter. Being moved does. When someone can do that with written word, it's pretty special. I didn't fancy that I could do that, but I wanted to try. And something really amazing happened. I love what I'm doing here. I love my voice. I love what I have to say. I love having a place to say it. I hope you do too. And I thank those two special people for inspiring me in two completely different ways.
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss