I’ve got nothing to say. Really. I’ve been trying to think of something brilliant, witty, inspiring, informational, heart warming to post for days. But…I’ve got nothing. I’d call it writer’s block, but that would mean I’d have to call myself a writer. Which I definitely am not able to do. I have a blog in which I share a few of my random thoughts… but, I am not a writer. I am SO sure of this it’s crazy. I know writers. Some very good ones. I am in awe of people who have their magic way with a word or a phrase. Those folks WRITE. Me, I blog. Works for me. I never thought of myself as a writer and honestly as I was as surprised as anyone when I went home one afternoon after lunch with a couple of friends (thanks again Ingrid and Lois!), settled into my chair and set up Just a Backpack. Ideas flowed and words appeared on the page. The Force was with me. And so it’s probably as natural as the ebb and flow of the tides, that eventually I would find myself staring at a blank screen and think “This it. I’ve had my last idea. Written my last post. It was fun while it lasted. I’ve been expecting it.”
Last night I had a girl’s date with a friend and we went to hear Cheryl Strayed speak and read from her new bestselling book Wild – from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail. She was warm and funny and brilliant. And, she has known she was a writer since she was eight years old. And, still it took her 20 years to write this book. Because, sometimes…she had nothing. But she kept on writing. Picking it up, letting it go until she had completed her life changing story. Cheryl Stayed found herself again through an 1,100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. She had lost her way, but not her compass – writing. And through her writing I felt her loss, her fear, her pain and her joy. For a few minutes as she read, I was right there with her. That’s what a writer does. Shares herself. And her stories.
So, I’m not a writer…or maybe I am. Maybe I never will be. Or maybe I will. I don’t really care. I’m just me and for whatever reason, at this moment as I’m trying to navigate the waters of change at 64, I do have a few stories to share and thoughts to explore. I think we’re all in this together. We all have stories and it’s in the sharing that we connect and learn and explore new ideas. So, let’s get on with it shall we?
Turns out I did have something left to say. And one more thing. Buy this book. I bought it last night and I’m only on page 30, but I am hooked already. Thank you Cheryl for sharing your story. I’m sure it will help me understand my own just a wee bit better.