I recently read a quote that sort of gave me that kick
in the ass that some of us need every now and then to get motivated and write
that article or post we have been putting off for quite a while.
The quote went something like this:
“Our snooze button does not have the power
to delay the sun from rising in the morning. Time simply does not wait for
anyone.Ted Robbins, Time Management Master
Time Management and Boost Your Success
Fact is this saying applies whether we are still in school,
still working, or enjoying our life in retirement.
I keep wondering what my problem is and why I do not
sit down at my computer to write that weekly blog post I keep telling myself is
important. For some reason, making the bed, doing the dishes, taking out the
trash, paying the bills, filing receipts, and all these type things ad nauseum
easily take the place of our sitting on our butts at the computer or in a chair
with pen/pencil and tablet writing.
It would appear that we forget the number one rule of
those of us that want to “write,” and that is we must actually take the time to
write. While I keep a daily journal of sorts, basically it is a compilation of
notes of things I plan on doing on such and such a day, how I feel, whether or
not we got to see our children, and what I usually end up calling “unimportant
stuff.” True it is writing but it is not the type of writing I thought I would
be doing when I set up this blog site.
No, what I had in mind when I set up this site was to share with everyone – funny stuff, educational stuff, philosophical stuff, and so forth.
There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to what it is
that I write about. Part of me says: “Hey, what’s wrong with that – you are doing
what you want to do and writing that which satisfies your itch to write.” But
then my conscience asks the question: “But is that enough?” Shouldn’t you have
a niche, a brand, something that would keep people coming back for more?
Hence the reference to the quote mentioned at the beginning
of this post – mainly the part that says: “Time simply does not wait for
anyone.” I mean, in a few days, I
will be turning 79, you would think I should have it all together by this time
in my life!
Perhaps one does not need a niche, brand, or something
to keep people coming back for more. Perhaps it is my writing in and of itself (hopefully
the content of same is what people enjoy) that will keep people coming back for
This post is becoming a lesson in writing with me being both the student and the teacher it would seem. Why do I say that? Well to begin with, having said that, the only other obstacle I need to overcome is that of being consistent.
How does this come into play? Well, for one thing – if
I were more consistent, chances are those reading my rants and raves would have
something to look forward to every week. Even more so if I tied it to a
specific day as I have seen other bloggers do (post an article every Sunday
evening for instance). In doing so, those that do get some enjoyment out of the
dribble I write about, will know to look for my latest rant each and every
I am beginning to be glad I had this conversation with
myself. Now all I need to do is come up with content (preferably something readers
will enjoy or something I enjoy writing about) and then be consistent in
posting on a certain day be it weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or what have you.
I knew there was a reason I like that joke about
talking to oneself because that seems to be the only time those of us that do
talk to ourselves have an intelligent conversation.
I am posting this today but am shooting for Sunday
nights in the future to begin posting weekly. If I don’t follow through, please
feel free to give me a swift kick in the you know what to get me motivated and
doing what I love doing…..WRITE!
With that I will bid you adieu and be back Sunday evening.
Seeing that my life these days is much busier than, I expected it to be, let me just say that when I first started blogging, much of what I wrote was geared towards either those individuals that were soon going to retire or that, like me had already retired. Let’s face it – retirement is merely just another phase of our lives. And while I may have intended to write about retirement issues, fact is that when it was all said and done, I found myself starting this blog site (second site I blog on) basically for my own enjoyment. Well, mine and those of you that get a chuckle out of the gibberish I come up and that flows onto these pages.
Sound selfish – not really. How many of you out there reading this blog, and be honest, have what we all would consider to be “good days and bad days?” If we are being honest, most of us will admit that we do experience both good days and bad days. The secret to master though is to have more good days than we do bad days. I have never quite determined what my “niche” is. I just sit down at the computer and well, what may be rolling around in my brain (yes, I do have one – leastways, I hope I do) eventually gets transferred to the page I happen to be creating.
Should I come across any idea or subject that I feel will assist other retirees or those soon – to – be retirees, I try to share same via a blog post. However, there are those days when I really do not have an inkling let alone an idea of what I may want to write other than knowing that I do want to sit and write and want to share what it is I am writing about with others. So, what do I do – I just let my fingers flow across the keyboard and hope that what goes onto the page is something worthy of reading that will not only bring a smile to my face – especially on days where I am down but will bring a smile to your face as well! They say that misery loves company – well – I would add that reading comical stuff causes others to think comically too and that given the choice, most of us would rather be in a comical mood versus a down and out mood.
I try my best to smile
as well as laugh as often as possible plus I am very fond of trivia, quotes and
thoughts to ponder. So, this post has no specific niche other than hopefully
after reading it, if you were in a bad frame of mind that you will be in a good
frame of mind. And if you were already in a good frame of mind, that what
follows will only add to your happiness.
the law that says: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its
completion.” NOTE: Answer at the end of
Thought to ponder
is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Joke of the day – this one is a one-liner
news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why
Quote for today
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then
― Charles M. Schulz
Interesting math statement
40 when written “forty” is the
only number with letters in alphabetical order, while “one” is the
only one with letters in reverse order.
are delighted to discover that your new acquaintance is taking all the same
prescriptions that you are.
This day in History
1876, Alexander Graham Bell – is granted a patent for the telephone.
The film King
Kong premieres in New York City.
Answer to Trivia/Puzzle:
A proverb coined by the twentieth-century
British scholar, C. Northcote Parkinson, known as Parkinson’s Law. It points
out that people usually take all the time allotted.
When I woke this morning, I said to myself: “Self, you need to be more assertive in what you do in any given day.” You are never going to get another book written if you keep putting off starting it. You have to become an addict.
No, not the person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug. The other type of addict, the one who is an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.
Let’s talk about this for a moment. As human beings, we are all addicted to something. Some of our addictions are good for us while others we would be better off without. Take coffee addiction for an example:
I cannot call myself addicted to coffee – what coffee addict stops after his second cup of coffee? Besides coffee makes me pee which means I have to stop what I am doing and run …not walk…to the bathroom because when sitting at my desk attempting to write my 200 words a day or create a post such as this one, I usually get so wrapped up in what I am doing, I forget how old I am and that any small amount of liquid ingested into this old body causes it to immediately turn it into water.
Sitting at my desk writing sort of puts a crink ….is that even a word….in my writing style. you know what I mean. It’s when I remember after sitting at my desk for about an hour , that hey – you had two cups of coffee this morning and I think of that old saying: “what goes up – must come down. Well, same holds true about the intake of fluid “what goes in – must come out.” This takes time away from writing not to mention that at my age, it doesn’t take much to interrupt my train of thought which interrupts my writing. But I repeat myself.
Speaking of train of thought – where was I – no not the bathroom, I left there to head back to my desk to continue writing this piece. Oh, I know, addiction – another addiction I have is my feeble attempt to walk so many thousand steps per day. At one point, I was doing a minimum of 6000 steps a day. Could I call that an addiction? Works for me. One of the nice things about having a step counter in that expensive cell phone we carry with us everywhere we go is the app contained therein that tells you at the end of the day (and sometimes during the day when you least expect it) how well you are doing with your daily steps. I used to be addicted to walking five days a week first thing in the morning.
I would pop out of bed, do fifteen minutes of stretching exercises, put on my sneakers and walk for at least thirty to forty-five minutes. That is addiction. Rolling over and saying it is too cold outside to walk – well, that is just plain laziness. But, at times it feels so good to just roll over and go back to sleep. If there were two addictions I would like to continue with – they would be writing and walking.
Why is it that we can easily break the addiction of doing something that is good for us but continue doing the things that are bad for us? Take sweets for instance – how many of us love desserts? I cannot tell you how many times we have been to buffets and I eat what I think are healthy foods – you know salad, meat (grilled not fried), and fruit – passing on the rolls only to wander over to the dessert table and ruin what I just accomplished by eating healthy. That is addiction. But, one could write forever about the subject of addiction. What is good for us and what is bad for us. And let’s face it – that is not my style. My style is to write something – anything – that will bring a smile to the faces of those reading my rants and raves.
So, let me just say this: During our retirement years, if there is one thing we should become addicted to it is “Fun.” We all worked long and hard to get to this point in our lives and while there are some things we should do and some things we should not do, once we reach a certain age, I am of the old school of thought that most things are good for us if taken in moderation. Take fun for instance, I could become addicted to having fun 24/7. After all, what is fun: Taken as a noun – Fun is enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure. Looked upon as an adjective – Fun is amusing, entertaining, and enjoyable. Getting back to the word addiction, at this point in our lives, best thing we could do is to become addicted to those things that provide us with days of fun.
I will end this with a quote (author unknown) that seems appropriate for the gist of this post:
“A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”
Do we ever truly know what it is that will make us happy. It seems as though the older I get, the less I know what I want to do when I grow up. Interesting dilemma, isn’t it? But then, looking at it another way, that is what makes each day I wake – interesting!
What fun is it in life to wake up doing the same thing day in and day out. We used to be told when we were kids, that variety is the spice of life. I guess that is why we have tried our best not to get into a “rut”, if you will, as to how each day will go.
True, there is our line dance practice and we know that is something we do on a regular basis, four days a week. But that is also our way of exercising to stay in good physical shape and so we do not consider that to be part of a rut. Staying physically fit allows us to continue doing things that just pop into our head on the spur of the moment.
I know that many people, when they reach our age, settle in and follow the same routine day in and day out and that is fine if that is what serves their purpose. But we wake up each morning saying to ourselves “What can we do that is interesting today.” It is that attitude that has carried us through seven plus decades and reminds me of an old adage I eluded to in a different post recently which stated:
”It ain’t over till (oruntil) the fat lady sings.”
If one will recall, this saying, according to Wikipedia, is a colloquialism which means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion. It cautions against assuming that the current state of an event is irreversible and clearly determines how or when the event will end.
Having said that, today we will seek out new adventures. There is a gigantic “yard” sale going on in the neighborhood we are presently visiting and as such, we are going to see if another old adage is true. The one that says: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Wish us luck.