As with many others, bloggers, bloggers, and the world in general, the past three years have — in some ways — just disappeared. COVID-19 had it’s effects upon us all and that’s just life — neither good, nor bad — assigning traits to what was accomplished nothing. But like many others my life slowed down, I had way more introspection time than I wanted and a lot of things I would have done had COVID-19 not taken us all by storm simply did not happen.
The end result however is that I am no longer the same person I was when writing Embrace Serendipity I’ve been pondering whether to continue blogging because I have changed so much, I have pondered giving up blogging altogether, and I have thought about simply changing the name of the blog from it’s serendipitous roots to something more appropriate. Indeed, Embrace Serendipity was not the original title when I first began.
To the point, in our pandemic altered life it has not just been pandemic concerns that have filled our days. I’m nearing the midpoint of my 70’s and there has been a great deal of adjustment, reevaluation, pondering, and cursing going on as I have tried to maintain a sound mind, a passably sound body, and a healthy family. Life looks different from this age; not better, not worse, just different and adjusting is not a thing I particularly cotton to doing. I can be stubborn. I can be bullheaded. And I internalize a great deal so as not to take my dislike of adjustments out on other people. Then again with the pandemic I have not been around nearly as many people as at other times in my life and that too has been an uneasy adjustment.
I want to continue blogging even though I have hardly lifted a finger to the keyboard in the past couple years. I feel better when I write — I always have — which is why this blog has lasted since September of 2007 in various different guises.
I’m going to “stick” this post to the front of the blog for a while. You may come back in a day or a week or a month and find that “From the Far Side of 70” has become the new name of my pondering. Or I may not make any changes at all. I’m still deciding.
One thing is sure. I do not want this to be a complain-about-old-age blog. Those of us who get to this point in life are lucky indeed. So many of our friends and family have not been as lucky, and whatever the aches and pains each day of life is precious and to be cherished and celebrated. Even the tough ones.
But, as a great many people much younger than myself have discovered there is strength to be found in learning that whatever it is that you are going through there are others like yourself who are struggling with something, or many somethings, or catastrophic somethings and in that knowledge is strength — the strength to move forward into whatever lies ahead with renewed determination.
I do think that in the next little while I’m going to change the physical look of the blog, Now that my direction is changing a new look is probably a good idea. We’ll see what happens in that regard.
I hope to hear from some of you who have been along for the ride a few years now. How are you. With my quietness I haven’t heard from many of you as in the past had happened. Hopefully you are well too and not too much the worse for pandemic-wear.
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