Thursday, September 04, 2008
Six months ago today, I started this blog. Before I started writing it, I had thought about starting one for months. I had been told by another expat acquaintance, that writing a blog really helped her with the isolation that she felt sometimes. So when I finally decided to jump into blogging with both feet, I found that she was right. I have also found that blogging about my new life here has allowed me to take a breath and to be in the moment. This experience of living abroad is no longer just speeding by me without me noticing. I am becoming more present.
A lot of the time in my life, I have hurried from one thing to another and as I age I look back and think, ‘Where did all the days and years go?’ And the answer for me is, I wasn’t paying attention really. Not often enough at least. When my mother passed away, I missed her and mourned her so much for a variety of reasons. But one thing that crosses my mind sometimes is, I wish that I had listened more and talked less when I spent time with her. I guess though that a lot of us have those thoughts when someone we love passes. But her passing so suddenly made me realize so truly that we have to live in the moment and cherish right now.
Blogging has served me in many ways over these six months. It has made me feel a lot less isolated. I have found a definite sense of community in the blogging world. And it has helped me to witness my life day by day and to relish it and to take the time to really see it.
Six months ago when I started this blog, I was still nursing deep wounds over my mother passing and I was trying to find my feet here in England. I look back on what I wrote that first day and I can fully remember what I was feeling that day…things that I didn’t write about and I know in my heart how far I’ve come in so many ways. Every day isn’t peachy, but this Georgia peach is doing fine. So happy six months to me! :-)