Life 3.0

Happy New Year!!

I really wanted to end the year with a review of the many wonderful and exciting things I have done or experienced over the past 365 crazy days. I had a list of books I had read, movies I had watched, places I have traveled and new experiences that I was part of.

But none of it felt right.

2021 has been a bit of an anomaly to put it lightly. We started the year thinking we were coming out of the fog that was Covid-19, only to be hit in the face with another strand, and then yet another.

Our hopes of returning to some sort of normalcy quickly declined, and we were sent back into our caves of despair and divide.

But you know what, even with all the melancholy that this year has brought, it was still a year of great discovery, for me at least. I was able to do some things for myself that I can truly say were life changing, and some of them literally were.

I will not bore you all with the silly details of all that had happened, for many of you that read this on a normal basis can probably figure it all out. But still, there are some things that I didn’t share with you all, or at least yet.

What started out as a bit of an experiment two years ago, has grown into something a little bit more. I had the intention of writing one blog post a month for one year, the year of 2020. 96 posts  and two years later, it has morphed into something more entirely, and I hope I can keep up the momentum.

For the most part, all the feedback has been positive and encouraging, but like sunny days, a stray cloud will enter the sky from time to time. I have questioned if I should continue this site or not, but then I realized that I do get a sense of joy and fun out of writing, even if the reader doesn’t from time to time.

I will never admit to being a Hemingway or Twain or any great writer, but I will say that if I have learned anything over that last two years, it really isn’t what you write or how you write it, that the victory lays in the fact that you simply put it out there. And that is where I sometimes forgot about why I did this platform in the first place, to simply work on bravely and vulnerability, to work on the person that I think I can be, and to just be better.

I will admit I got caught up in the “art of writing”, that I would worry too much if it was good enough to put out there. I grew more worried about if people would like what I wrote and in turn, if they would like me. 

The funny thing about worrying is it is like a rocking chair, you can do it all day, and still get no where.

So this year end post is one part gratitude. Thank you for all of you that took the time to read any or all of the stories I have posted this year, or last. I have played around with many different styles and topics, and I am sure I have kept you on your toes. I have received wonderful texts, calls, and emails from people saying how they enjoyed a certain post. I can’t tell you how moving those words of encouragement mean. But the negative ones seems to hit the hardest, and I think that is why I seemed to write less and less as the year moved along.

It got in my head, and the want to create was pushed to the back of the brain to make room for the need to fit in. I simply was just falling into the old human emotion of relaxing and falling back into the crowd. 

Well, hopefully 2022 will change that a little. 

I do hope to continue to write silly stories, some serious and some fun. I do hope to work on myself even more. But I do hope to reach out even more this next year, to reconnect with old friends and possible make new ones. To show them I am still me, just a better version.

I have some fun ideas for new stories, and even a new way to tell them. I hope 2022 will be the year we hoped 2021 was going to be, but even if it isn’t, we should all do our best to make it so. 

I am still here, I haven’t fallen off into the covid clad abyss, and I hope to remain here for a while. The stories I share will hopefully connect with you, as we all try to connect with one another. 

I wish you all the best new year that 2022 can be. I would love to hear from you, and to hear all the wonderful things that you are doing in your life. 

I will do my best to keep you all updated on my, and all my crazy adventures of fatherhood, and all the work I keep doing to keep my sanity.

I will do my best to stay open and honest, to tell the stories that need to be told, whether people like them or not. 

So as much I wish you greatness and love in this next year, keep me in your prayers, that I can be brave, just as much as I know many of you are. I will look to you all for inspiration and hope, and I hope I can give you the content to feel inspired and loved as well.

Hold your breath

Make a wish

Count to three…

Love always,

Mark