I had the insane idea this morning that I should challenge myself to write one post a day every day next year.
Talk about setting oneself up for failure.
What I come up against, over and over, is polished versus organic.
Is the goal of this blog to have shiny, perfect essays with which to dazzle readers?
The idea pops into my head when I see the amazing things other people consistently do with their blogs. I covet the appearance of being an award-winning, high traffic site.
The reality is, my current circumstances do not allow for me to even finish a sentence, much less a thought. This frustrates me to no end, but should I sit in silence because I can’t turn out the most amazing post you ever saw?
No, if I sit for a minute and forget about what everyone else is doing, I don’t think the value of my blog, or my life for that matter, is to be grandstandingly impressive. No one ever has or ever will look at me or get to know me and think, holy crap, she’s hella polished, dude!
My chocolate chip cookies are going to look imperfect, but taste awesome.
My children will go out in public in mismatched clothes, but be kind and polite (that’s the goal, anyway!)
My hair will be wild but clean.
My garden will look like a jungle but will yield deliciousness (knock wood.)
My blog will be a disorganized ramble, but will be accessible, useful, inspired, or inspiring. Sometimes all at once.
If you’re along for the ride, it might seem like I don’t have a map. Cuz I don’t. Who knows where we’re going. But we’re going to hit a couple great restaurants on the way, all of which look like dives on the outside but serve authentic grub on the inside. We’re going to meet some real people who tell us some great stories and show us where the non-touristy, must-see spots are. We won’t think twice about sittin’ a spell, watchin’ the flora and fauna until we’ve soaked in that moment in time and it becomes a part of us, more than any paper photo or digitally recorded image could ever be.
The Wise Way may not be clearly marked, smoothly paved or dotted with modernized rest stops, but it’ll get us where we need to be.