Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blog thoughts on blogging and life

Received an email from my oldest (not chronologically--but jeeze, I've known this gal since puberty!) and funniest pals today letting me know she's been blogging for the past few months.... first announcement of that must have gotten eaten by the ones-and-zeros vacuum that obviously exists in a perpetually hungry state. So I read, and I chuckled, and remembered why I love her yet again. And it made me long for two more things that I love: oyster stew and writing.

For the past 2 years I have resisted blogging. A little over a year ago, the real estate world decided that blogging was THE way to get new business. For some reason that seemed a bit wrong to me... and I dug in my heels. If tons of Realtors were all of a sudden blogging, why would folks decide to read my ponderings? I barely have time to read all of the things I'd like to read each day, perhaps, thought I, that is true for others as well. And then there was the prospect of writing about only real estate... Don't get me wrong, I truly enjoy helping people buy and sell homes. However, I have so many different interests, that researching "items of interest and value" to people only along that one avenue induced the heaviest of sighs of boredom. Soooo, I just didn't.

As I've lived alone again these past 11 months I have written more, journaling again, emailing voraciously with wonderful friends and family. I love to read and write. And I've admitted to a few close friends -- and now potentially to the entire www-reading world -- that, along with a huge number of people it seems, "I'd like to write a book one day". Again and again I hear, "If you want to be a writer, you must write." One of those blatently obvious statements which when practiced, does it seems, work for a large number of authors.... have you been in a Barnes and Noble lately? I've decided to quit resisting, open the door, and not limit myself.

I began this blog in spring of 06 when I was living a completely different life. The lessons learned in these past 2 years have been many and varied and truly feel like a lifetime has been packed into them.

  • I no longer use semi-colons* see next post. (though I do like bullets--the non violent kind :))
  • I understand the divorce process in WA and know that a loving divorce can happen. Thank you Wayne.
  • Relationships still fascinate me, perhaps even more so as I discuss and discover their widths and depths with my partner.
  • I've learned that autosurfing really is gambling and I've never been very lucky in the casinos. Although I AM the luckiest woman on the planet.
  • Putting a dog to sleep that I loved for over 10 years broke my heart... again. Fly free dear Trusty-roo.
  • Meeting my One in a virtual blues club is perhaps unlikely, but possible... and in fact, magical.
  • Patience is a virtue.... and a challenge.
  • Renting temporarily is acceptable behavior.
  • Long distance relationships are a bear. Thank God for skype, video cams and airplanes.
  • Real estate is cyclical. Reminds me of our political world... wild far swings from Seller's to Buyer's markets. And the yuppie parents raise hippie children... Yesterday's quote from Sissy's Realtor friend, "If people would just stop reading and watching the news and pay attention to what's happening in Their world..."
  • Living with a 10.5 yr old golden retriever as a roommate is GReat company. Quiet, but mellow and goofy at times.
  • Doing massage again feels like climbing back on a beloved bicycle.
  • Speaking of bikes... I CAN complete a triathlon, and plan to again!
  • Fear spreads like a disease. Faith, while much more difficult to practice, lifts, bouys, parts, moves mountains and comforts.
  • Dancing with menopause, becoming a crone can be HOT! ;)
  • I have the most fabulous friends and family. Thanksgiving is coming, my favorite holiday, celebrating gratitude. Then I turn 50. And my love will be home for Christmas.
  • Life with all of it's highs and lows Is Good.

1 comment:

Rori Raye said...

Patrice, I love your list, and would love to see more on "Dancing With Menopause" and your thoughts and feelings on your dog's impact on your life. Lot's of very lovely things here, and look forward to more. Rori