(This has nothing to do with my post, but anytime I say “the time has come” I think of this line from Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter.)
I have made attempts ever since my knee surgery (Injury & Recovery Wandering & Purpose) back in early 2011 to:
- start training for another marathon
- start writing consistently and seriously
Rehab & Running: I was diligent in the rehab of my knee; that is until my ‘official’ physical therapy was complete. Once that accountability was removed … performing calf raises and single leg balancing and stretching exercises just did not seem that exciting. I tried running a few times and even got into a routine … sort of … only to have
life, priorities, distractions, laziness move me in another direction (generally toward the couch).
I think I have attempted 4 restarts the last being about a year ago. I did pretty well for a month or so and then vacation, summer chores … the couch played their dirty tricks on me. Each restart had it’s own list of excuses.
Writing: My writing tends to follow a similar process of deterioration. My motivation to write is pretty much directly proportional to the passion I am showing to some other part of my life. When I am hot & heavy into coaching or training hard for an event, I have no problem finding subject matter and time to write. When the passion for life wanes and writing becomes nearly impossible. (I do not find it easy to write from the couch.)
Why now and what makes me think it will be different this time?
Back when I was writing consistently, I started following a few blogs. I could at least follow these blogs from the couch even if I was doing nothing else. The first blog that I followed was Unshakable Hope. Although Bill does not post very often, his writing always lift me up an reminds me that we serve a God that has a plan for each of us no matter that circumstances tin which we find ourselves. Additionally, between his blog and the experiences of a friend of mine (Silver for my friend) I have developed a need to help in the fight for a cure for ALS. About the same time I started following Kenny over at Morning Story and Dilbert. His blog has been my devotional when the couch has overcome my desire to spend time in the God’s word.
Those two blogs have been instrumental in keeping me uplifted over the past few years, but is another blog that has continued to kick me in the teeth just when I needed it. I remember the first post I read should not have grabbed me. How many men would be not only moved by, but been able to relate to an article about … wait for it … menopause? But Annie at Eyes Wide Open had me from that first post about “Brain Fog”. A few weeks back I was catching up on Annie’s posts. Her transparency about her feeling while battling Fibromyalgia convicted me and when I read about her desire to run again in “How Fibrmyalgia is Helping me to Know God Even Better” I knew that I could not let the call of the couch keep me from fulfilling the plan for my life.
That very day after dropping a comment to Annie, I registered for the Air Force Marathon on September 20th. Am I even close to ready? Absolutely not! I realized though, that I needed a goal and some accountability (I do not intend on paying an entry fee for something I do not participate in!). I was not ready the first time I ran a marathon in 2008, but with a goal in front of me, I knew that it was impossible (Why a Marathon).
It is not easy and I am still having some stop and start issues, but if it is God’s plan, I will be running 26.2 miles on September 20th in Dayton. If Annie can get on that treadmill when it every movement is causes pain and Bill can continue to encourage others when he his body has trapped his mind in a non-responsive body for over ten years, then I can resist that seductive sofa and press on. I should have plenty of subject matter for this here new self-hosted blog.
So why a self hosted blog?
For the same reasons that I signed up for a marathon. I am by no means a professional or accomplished writer. My writing is raw and unpolished and I am too impatient to spend time proofreading. Still I have been contemplated this for quite a while. If I shell out the investment to pay for a domain and hosting, I better get serious about this writing thing. It is time to hone some skills, meet some needs and find a niche.
I have soaked up a bunch of information and encouragement from Amy Lynn Andrews (If you are serious about writing or blogging on line and not subscribed to her site … don’t right another thing until your have checked it out! Start here) Of course being impetuous and impatient, I have jumped in and skipped quite a few steps (sorry Amy), but if I put it off and wait … well … those cushions still have the impressions of my backside.
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