This is an anniversary of sorts for me today. One year ago on this date I was admitted into hospital where an angiogram was performed and later an angioplasty. Which means, for those of you not familiar with the terminology, I had a heart blockage that was investigated then had a stent inserted to open up the artery which we discovered was 95% blocked.
And the thing of it is, I had virtually no symptoms. We kind of stumbled upon this through some other tests. A year ago I was feeling far too human and far too fragile by the day’s end. But what I realized in that moment as I laid in the operating chamber, very much awake and watching as the doctor moved his instruments inside my heart, was how little time on this planet we actually have and how much we take it for granted. It was the day after this event while I sat curled up on my sofa, ruminating about all of the things that I had been through in my life time that I began this blog.
I have always wanted to write and I want to be a good at it. Don’t get me wrong, I have always written, not always in a particularly coherent manner, mind you. At this time last year no one had ever read any of my writings. I had been working on a memoir, which last year was still a compilation of emotional writes in several notebooks. I embraced the New Year with a vim and vigor never quite experienced before.
I found a writer’s group that focused on offering positive critiques for ongoing novels and/or short stories. My first meeting with them was rather intimidating. I can recall thinking ‘What if I’ve just been kidding myself all these years and can’t really write very well at all?’ To this little offering of doubt that presented itself, I smiled and decided that I best learn the craft then if I want to write, yes? And so began the exploration of learning to become a decent wordsmith.
I joined yet a second writing group which tackled different issues regarding the world of publishing and all the little intricacies and nuances and gave me insight into a world I really knew nothing about. I have been a sponge, wanting to take in as much as possible.
This is my 219th post over the course of this past year. I have had emotional highs and lows. I have challenged self consistently and have moved forward steadily. To where, I can’t say just yet. What I’ve been doing, I realized today, is that I have been laying down a foundation of sorts. I have become far more disciplined in the task of writing on a daily basis. The appetite to read, to explore, to research is at times voracious and difficult to satisfy as there are only 24 hours in the day. In that mix I work two jobs, run, workout, do Yoga, write, cook clean, socialize. I punched it up into high gear and just ran with it.
Over a four and half month period I put the book together. And other ideas began to blossom in this fertile head of mine. I participated in Rick Hansen’s 25th Anniversary of the Man in Motion Tour. And now not only do I want to write, but I want to contribute in a positive way to this world that I belong to. And I guess that has been one of the most exceptional realizations is that I do belong and that I matter right along with all my other beings on this beautiful planet.
For so many years I looked out at this world from a carefully constructed shelf. As this year began I jumped into the fray and woke to this world of so much splendor. I wondered why I had not done this previously, but then decided no point dwelling on a point that was now moot. I run now into a presence that encourages as much as it challenges. I no longer have the attitude that I can’t do something. Now the neurons are firing and assembling thoughts and ideas at a pace that I sometimes can’t keep up with. And so I sit, meditate and slow the thing down.
It’s not about me, the individual any longer. It is about me, the participant. What can offer to the grand design? How can I be used by this life source that feeds me and give back? Those are the questions that dance through the head now.
I do consider myself a writer now, not just a person who likes to write. I have made several choices in my life…some not so good…some not so bad. But the best choice I made over this last year was to live and live well.
For those of you that have followed my journey over this past year, I thank you and hope that you will continue on with this evolution of mine.