I think that deserves a toast!
Oh, you don’t have any glasses? Just pretend.
Marvellous to be with you for post number 52. 52 Fridays it has been and here I am, still writing. It is a small victory that I wish to celebrate and thank you all who have been along for the ride, I appreciate it. Milestones shouldn’t be ignored or downplayed; people need more encouragement not less, if anything. However, if I’m honest, I’m not that great at “pumping up my own tyres”, so to speak.
To me, it has always been a fine line between acknowledging genuine achievement and FIGJAM (Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me). I like to think I tend to err on the side of modesty and humility and try to avoid the risk of sounding narcissistic and pretentious, but it is not easy, especially as the latter seems to be rewarded in society much more than the former. This is analogous to the arguments between the just and unjust man in Plato’s Republic.
“Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.” – Thomas Gray
Wait, this is a celebration! I’m supposed to celebrating my writing website! See, I told you I was bad at this haha.
I started this venture basically the same time that coronavirus became a global pandemic. Naturally, a number of my early posts contained elements of things lost due to COVID-19 e.g. travel and sport, and how to deal with it psychologically (isolation and solitude, distraction and motivation in uncertainty). The latter of those articles contain universally applicable information and I recommend you go back and read them.
A better and more concise representation of the posts I’ve written can be found in my year end summary.
I’m really happy with the additions I’ve made to the my writing site/brand – Take 5 Tuesdays (on holidays in the tropics, currently) and the more recent video narrations – I like to believe it shows that I’m developing and thinking about what else I can do to grow and benefit myself and my audience.
I’ll admit sometimes I wonder whether or not people are that interested in what I write about or if I haven’t made enough sacrifices to the algorithmic gods, in order for them to put my work in front of many eyeballs. Nevertheless, I persist and continue to learn, knowing that if I take care of the quality and consistency, good things are bound to happen.
I hope to go forth into the rest of the year (and beyond) with the enduring notion of helping people live better lives through imparting my knowledge and insight and care…as well as being entertaining and providing something interesting and of benefit.
Thanks to everyone for supporting me and taking an interest, particularly with the topic of last week’s post, it really does mean a lot to me.
Here’s cheers to another good year!