Tah – dah!! Drumroll, cheerleaders and ignition sequence for fireworks . . .
It’s with surprise and a bit of a shock I realised today that this is the 100th post I’ve written. One hundred posts, published, read and commented on; where has the time gone?
I’ll be honest, this is not so much a post as a bit of a pat on the back, a blow on the personal trumpet and a moment to bask in the warmth of an achievement which has surprised me. Indulge me.
It’s a chance to take a moment and reflect that I didn’t give up and walk away when the technical stuff got tough, ideas didn’t flow and I wondered what on earth I was doing.
More importantly it’s to say a huge thank you to people who have navigated the complexities of the WordPress software I use and taken the time to leave their own reflections and musings on things I’ve written.
A thank you also to those who have subscribed to Wordgeyser by email, RSS feeds, networked blogs, and now (just started) my new Facebook page. Thanks to followers on Twitter, Linkedin, Google and Yahoo! and thanks too to those who connect through Go! Overseas, ExpatWoman, Dutchnews, Iamexpat, Expatblog or who just type in http://www.wordgeyser.com on a regular basis.
From my first post on 16 November 2010 until today it has been a journey which has taken twists and turns I didn’t expect, introduced me to new friends and opened doors I didn’t know were there. By turns it’s been challenging, inspiring, enriching, frustrating – head bangingly so on occasion – and it has been a whole new learning curve getting to grips with technology and social media which has impressed even my kids.
Let’s face it, as far as they are concerned I should be settling for games Bingo and getting excited about Zimmer frames.
It started out as a kind of portfolio, a commitment to publish writing on a regular basis, to put myself ‘out there’. This the scariest thing of all for one who is genetically British but who has lived, embraced, lived and worked the American way and now has reached the age where quite frankly, I no longer give a damn.
Life’s too short, can be incredibly difficult, harsh and brutal but it’s also the most amazing gift we have. I refuse to be afraid of challenges anymore because fear holds us back, stops us achieving the things we can.
What’s the worst that can happen if we follow our dreams, face our fears? We might fail or we might not. Even failure takes us down roads we didn’t know were there, leads us off at tangents to new places, new dreams.
Success and failure are different sides of the same coin; it’s the journey that counts.
So thanks a million to friends, fellow writers and bloggers and my very own cheerleaders – here’s to the next century!
THE VICTOR by C. W. Longenecker*
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose you’ve lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will –
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are –
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
* there is some debate as to who was the original author of this poem, but I’m going with this one.