As of the 10th, this blog is a year old. This seems like a good time to reflect on the past year.
When I decided to start this blog, I was in a bit of a bad place. Two months earlier, my health problems meant that I could no longer continue studying. My identity and sense of purpose was tied to being a philosophy student. The next 10 years of my life were marked out by the progression of university degrees – undergrad, honours, PhD. Philosophy was the one thing I felt I did well. When I could no longer study, I lost a chunk of my sense of self and my life path.
With study no longer an option, I had to come up with something else to do. But because of my health, it had to be something flexible that I could do from home.
So I decided to start a little blog.
I didn’t really know what I wanted to post. I had no idea how to build a website. The only blogging experience I had was the angsty Myspace and Livejournal blogs I maintained as a teenager. But I decided to just throw myself in and figure it out as I went.
On July 10 2018, I published my first post (you can see it here if you’re interested, it’s cringe). It’s now been a year (and two days) since I published that post.
It doesn’t seem like I’ve been doing this for a year. I still have no idea what I’m doing. I still have a lot to improve in terms of writing and photos. My blog is far from great. But having something to do – and being able to share it with you all – has really meant a lot to me.
When you’re sick so often, it’s really easy to feel isolated and disconnected. When you’re stuck inside watching other people live their lives, it’s easy to feel like you don’t contribute meaningfully to the world.
But this blog has helped me connect with some incredible people.
Every time I hear from one of you, it really makes my day. When I hear that you’ve managed to make something you love, or that you enjoy a printable, it makes me feel like I’m contributing something of value – however small – to others.
So I’d like to take a moment to thank every single one of you who reads this blog. Even if we’ve never spoken, I cherish you dearly. I hope you can always find a reason in your day to smile.
Keep being your wonderful self. Let’s stay in touch over the years to come.