I was so crazed about zucchini that I overlooked last Monday, August 8. It wasn’t just National Zucchini Day. It was the fifth anniversary of this blog. That may not mean much to anyone other than me. In fact, it is a really big deal for me. Here’s why.
The reason is all about this business of blogging. A couple of years ago I was searching for some kind of a creative endeavor. The one thing that was available to me was the one thing I was trying to avoid. Isn’t that the way? The things we do our best to avoid have a way of jumping up and biting us. That’s what happened. Ouch!
As part of my avoidance plan I considered learning a new musical instrument. For years I was intrigued with the dulcimer. A friend had one which he leant me. I took some lessons from Maestro Google, but soon lost interest. I tried to revive my piano skills. Piano lessons were the bane of my childhood, but I thought what the heck? I even went so far as to purchase a small keyboard. It resides in a cozy nook, sporting a lovely dust cover, going unnoticed most of the time.
There I was, once again faced with the unavoidable – writing. Ugh. The idea of a blog was put before me. There are so many reasons this was a bad idea. Long story short, a lengthy, neurotic internal dialogue ensued. Finally, coming up with a psychologically acceptable exit strategy, gave me the impetus to go for it. Somehow, I managed to go 5 full years without missing a single week.
The main reason I have never missed a week is that I know if I skip one week, I will not pick it up again. Yet, there were several times I considered invoking my exit strategy including right now. There were a few occasions I did take a break, but still put out short notices saying so. Again, if I hadn’t at least done that much, it would have been the end.
Given all that, I decided to celebrate this accomplishment. This all tells me that I do have perseverance, creativity, the ability to keep commitments.
As I sit here typing all this, I really want to call the whole thing off. However, something inside me says keep going. Well, we’ll see. Meanwhile I will celebrate going 5 years without missing one week. Guess that’s pretty good.