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Oh, the places I’ll Go?

Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where the Boom Bands are playing. – Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Blogging is something I tried in the past, but never had much success with. I attribute this to thinking more about writing than actually doing it. (A recurring problem for me.) But pigeonholing myself with a cooking blog didn’t help matters. I got going and quickly found I had more things to write about than just food. So, many posts – ok, more like ideas for posts and general thoughts on life and writing and whatnot – never materialized. I regret not having just put these things down on my cooking blog. Who cares if they weren’t relevant to the theme? Cue the old adage of striking while the iron is… you know the rest.

Maybe it’s because I’m sitting here on this snowy afternoon with wistful Feist lyrics playing in my ear (it’s not really as romantic as that; I also just caught a whiff of pretty potent coffee breath I need to go do something about), but there are so many things from the last decade of my life I wish I had taken the time to sit down and write about, acted on what my friends and teachers and grandmother all told me to do: Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get this stuff down before you forget it. I can’t really do much about that now. Counterproductive dwelling, no? I can only hope the exercise of writing more now will bring some of those thoughts and memories back, so I can reconstruct them as best I can. But if they don’t come back, it’s OK. I have plenty of new stuff to write about. There’s no shortage, just my old nemesis, inertia, to contend with.

All this to say, for this blog, I’ve decided to keep things open with the aim of giving myself wide enough parameters to explore whatever I want with my writing. This will be an experiment of sorts for me. See where I go – or avoid going. See what I keep coming back to. Find the bright places. Should be good. We’ll see. In the mean time, I’m off to go brush my teeth.

*Photo/Illustration credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.