I started a blog at the beginning of May 2016, yes this year! I am a newbie with absolutely no experience in this kind of thing.
After a major change in my life during the last few months, I am starting my life over, a fresh new start. I guess a part of that new life was to re-discover who I am again because over the past few years I defined myself by my job. My job defined me and my life. In other words, I had no life outside of my job.
I had forgotten who I was, what I liked, and what my dreams were, did I have any dreams? I could not remember…what did I like? What was or is my true passion?
When you suddenly realize that you have lost yourself, your own identity is dissolved because you have put everything aside for so long, hibernating in a state of suspended animation just going through the motions each day in a robotic way, deaf to your inner cries for expression and fulfillment; boxed in a tedious administrative never ending pile of tasks that numb your feelings, anesthetize your body and leave your mind and soul with total amnesia. Life gets to be so busy, so hectic with never ending faxes, emails, phone calls, texts, teleconferences, webinars, from a small corner of the universe sitting at your desk from morning till night, dealing mostly with faceless names and expressing emotions with emoticons, you become an automaton!
One day the Buddha was asked what was that surprised him the most about humanity:
” Men who lose their health to raise money ,
and then lose their money to restore health
and by thinking anxiously about the future ,
forget this in such a way that they end up not living
neither the present nor the future , they live as if they will never die ,
and they will die as if they had never lived … “
One day, a major life storm thunderbolts your world and you wake up! You start to realize that this is not living; little by little you start to awaken from the cyber freeze, and you start to hear the sound of your heartbeat again.
You remember that you are a “human being”, not a “human doing”. You are not an android, you are alive and you have a soul! Life is precious, life is passing you by and you have not been living. Then, you finally see that is time to snap out of the hypnosis and take some surgical radical action. In my case, a total life change.
Once you start to acclimatize to your new environment and become more in touch with your body, your emotions, your thoughts, you take charge of your health. Then you start to see the little light inside of you burning a bigger flame.
Inspiration is starting to flow through you and your creative juices stream searching for an outlet, a blank canvas for expression, and a channel to find your voice, to rediscover your zest and your passion.
I was not even aware of the thoughts that led me to start my blog until my sister in law asked me: why did you decide to start writing a blog. I am not even sure what my reply was then but the question resonated in my mind as I pondered and rehashed the reasons until now. I knew that my mom had written a journal since she started dating dad, so I have a life legacy from her with all her diaries through all the years since before I was born until a few weeks prior to her passing. Now that I have the luxury of time, I am looking forward to reading them and to seeing life through her eyes.
I started blogging as a way of “testing the waters”, an experiment of sorts. Little by little I discovered that through this last month of May since my first blog this has become an enjoyable new hobby for me. It gives me the opportunity to read and connect with other bloggers but also it provides me with an environment where I can share the experiences that have inspired me, given me strength and comfort through this journey of life.
I find that we all have a story to tell, or many stories to tell, and storytelling is an ancient tradition in humanity that connected people through sharing of experiences, evolving through time before the written language was “invented”. It was the medium for the transmission of knowledge, moral values and teachings as well as the opportunity to gather together as groups strengthening social bonds. Stories can be told through dance, theater or songs and music. Great spiritual teachers told stories to illustrate important points. Jesus and Buddha taught in parables. Actually most of the religious texts offered their teachings through stories such as the Bible, as well as many native cultures transmitted their wisdom through oral storytelling, music and dance. Books, photography and movies also tell us stories.
Stories are still very relevant today maybe even more so than ever; they help to connect us, to find meaning in life. Stories touch our hearts, in this technological society of the new world of information we crave for the simplicity of a good human story.
I also found that a blog crosses barriers, man-made limits and borders such as religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual, social, and cultural boundaries.
We forget the flags that divide us and instead we feel that we are truly citizens of planet Earth! We find a common ground, common interests, and we can express our humanity without wars but in peace and solidarity. We can express our concerns, perceptions, feelings and experiences while being sensitive, respectful, caring and interested in others’ points of view.
We can grow in unity instead of disconnection and division.
So, for now this seems to be “my cup of tea”, time will tell if this is just an exploration or a new calling for me.
What about you? What inspires you? What is your cup of tea.. or coffee?
I would love to hear your stories and comments!