Well, it’s time for a new start. A fresh start. An honest start. Raw and unfiltered. Please make yourself at home. You can keep your shoes on too. It’s not that fancy here. Besides, I have a cat that has a fascination with random ninja-like attacks on toes. Your safety is paramount to me. Hopefully we’re all friends here. And hopefully we’ll remain friends. Sure, our opinions and views might differ, but that should be the case. I won’t insult you for your opinions and views and I hope you don’t insult me for mine. Odds are we’ll get along just fine.
So what exactly is this newish blog about? Who knows? Probably a little bit about everything and nothing – exactly like my life really. This will be the fourth incarnation of my blog in 10 years. The first was on a very limited forum; the second on a much larger forum that has gone the way of the Dodo. The others have been random, far more random than I intend this to be. This time, fingers crossed, I’m hoping to be as honest, open, and transparent as I can be (without naming names of the innocent who suffered my crap in the past). There will be observations, travel tales, probably far too personal anecdotes, and possibly some photography as well. Finally, I might actually write a blog that will be therapeutic for me.
If you’re still reading this, thank you. Rather than spilling out my non-existent dating profile or LinkedIn profile, I will just leave a few morsels of information about me and this blog that might come in handy later.
- I don’t “do” politics or religion. I “do” life. I will fight for your right to “do” politics and religion but it isn’t really my cup of tea. I know little about either and care even less.
- I am not a big planner. I usually just wing things and hope they turn out okay. I plan vacations. I am that blogger who would fly half way around the world to meet other bloggers because it sounds awesome at the time.
- I find comfort in travelling. New experiences and cultures do not scare me. Apparently I’m very approachable too and often find myself forgetting about the people I know in a certain place and will talk to those I don’t know.
- I thought I had mononucleosis in high school but it turns out I was just really lazy.
- Chocolate, penguins, safaris, and laughing are weaknesses of mine.
- Allegedly I have a MENSA level IQ but the jury is still out on that one.
I would describe myself as the classic underachiever. I have a distinct lack of drive that hinders most things I do. Seriously, I like living in the niches and ruts I work myself into. I am also prone to the monumental cock-up, and self-sabotage should be the featured skill on my CV. I like myself; but it seems I also like to limit myself. I suppose it does make things interesting, entertaining, and embarrassing at times.
But do not fret new readers. This blog will also include sunshine and puppies and rainbows! Life is wonderful that way. Despite my happiness living in a rut; no two days are the same. I don’t really have a plan for my return to blogging either. There are many websites around that provide a daily prompt, that wonderful kick up the ass any writer needs to put fingers to keypad and type away. I’m sure I’ll be perusing some of those over the course of my renaissance. And hopefully I’ll find inspiration and topics from you dear readers. While I don’t necessarily condone airing dirty laundry for all to see, I have failed more times than I have succeeded; but I don’t think I’m alone in that regard. I have been troubled with Dysthymia (a mild form of depression) for many years (and this is the first time I’m admitting it to people not within my inner-most circle). I’ve been to therapy, I’ve cried, I’ve picked up a girl in the waiting room. As I said, no two days are ever the same.
Throughout it all, as some of my long-time readers will know, there has been travel. Without travel, I’d hate to think where I’d be right now. Perhaps the travel aspect of my life will take over my blog? But I also don’t want to be the guy who goes on about how lucky he is to be having a glass of chardonnay at some vineyard in South Africa while others are pricing out school uniforms. God, I hate that GUY!!
If I manage to keep any loyal readers at the end of this journey, I will be delighted. And I’ll be delighted if I can actually manage to write again on a regular basis. Since NaNo last November, I’ve written less than 2000 words outside of stuff I write at work. Seriously, the walls of creativity have crumbled around me and I was content to live in the rubble.
So once again, I offer you a hearty re-welcome to this little blog. Feel free to comment and ask questions. I look forward to sharing stories with you.