This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

The Challenge of 2019 was the 10th! Since this was kind of a milestone year for A to Z my theme was a retrospective of sorts, looking at my 10 years as a blogger as well as ruminations about my life as it is and as I hope it yet can be. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me for this part of my journey...

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Imaginary Road Trip ( #AtoZChallenge )

  I stare at a map tracing my finger along the road--a road which I have traveled before. Now, that journey is in my mind, in the depths of imagination and memory.  In my dreams I travel roads of my memory; in my memory I dream of my travels.

Imaginary Road Trip

           Imaginary road trips make for some of the most economical of traveling experiences.  You don't have to worry about gas or wear and tear on a vehicle.  You never have to leave the comfort of your own home.  It's a lazy way to travel.  You don't get the same impact either.  But when it's what you have at the moment and enjoy putting your mind to work then imagination can take you wherever you want to go.

         Not only where but when as well.  The mind is the only real time travel device that I know of.  Slip inside and you can relive travels of your past.  Look at the map.  Do you remember that place?  Or that place?

        The road has been my addiction.  If I'm not on it, rolling down some expanse of roadway, I start to feel that lure--that attraction that draws me to travel.  Or to dream of travel.  Or to escape on an imaginary road trip.

        I'm not sure where that road might be going in the more immediate sense.  But I'm in this life for the long run.  Or at least the longest run that this life will let me have.

       In the meantime, it's up to me to make the most of the journey. 

        Do you ever take an imaginary road trip?  What stirs your thoughts to dreams of travel?   Do you keep photo albums or scrapbooks of past travel experiences?   

Thursday, April 9, 2020

High Roads ( #AtoZChallenge )

         High roads are pretty great  until you lose yourself in a sudden curve to tumble down the mountainside and pray that you'll survive.  Falling from grace is bound to happen now and then in ones life journey...

       Heck, say anything about roads and you've gotten my attention.  My dreams are often dreams about roads.  Thinking about roads can make me smile.   Those thoughts can send me into a reverie.

         But really it's mostly metaphorical, that is my perception of a concept of meaning of life.  I see my life as this continuing journey. Sure it might seem like a cliche, but it's what makes the most sense.  To me at least.

        Traveling down that metaphorical road means sometime you're going to get somewhere and then continue on to the next place, on and on.  When I can travel the highest road then I am at my best.  I am grateful for the many in my life who encouraged me or lifted me in some way.  I am saddened by others.  But then my thoughts swirl back into a sense that it's all just what it is and I am where I am as are we all.

         And in my mind I see passing road signs:

Hope can elevate the spirit.
  Help can raise morale.
  Hate can destroy everything...

        Then the journey continues on to my next post...

         Are you the kind of traveler who likes to take time to see the scenery?    Or do you just want to get to your destination quickly?    What trope might you use to describe your life story?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Get Going ( #AtoZChallenge & #BOTB Results )

Great things can happen when we set our minds to the mission at hand and get going!  Bad things can happen as well, but who the heck sets out for that to happen.  We only fail if we have not tried and if we don't try we can never win...

Get Going

       Getting the momentum when you've gotten a good start is a matter of physics even when it's a metaphorical movement.  Starting can be difficult when motivation is not strong or we are overcome with the perceived obstacles that we think lie ahead.  Obstacles be damned!  If we're going to get anything done then we have to just jump in and do what needs to be done.

         I'm not advocating reckless behavior or making not well-thought out decisions, but once the pros and cons and the things that might stand in the way of success have been calculated and weighed out then we should take steps to move forward.  The first plan of any action is to get going.

         It's true that I've been a dreamer all my life, but often I've been a dreamer with no action or drive to accomplish what I've dreamed.  I probably need a good swift kick sometimes while at other times I just need the support that will help me reach my destination.

           Gotta get going!  You, me, and all of us.  Without a move we ain't going nowhere.

  Battle of the Band Results

          Though not an absolute disaster this Battle outcome was very lopsided with the majority in agreement with me that The Ramones are not the best rock and roll band around.  I'd probably never buy one of their albums and like most of the voters in this round I preferred the cleaner less raucous sound of Ola and the Janglers.

           Thank you to all who voted.  A to Z always gives my contests a boost in votes--especially when the Battle falls on the same day as opening day of A to Z plus another posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Perfect blogging storms can have a fruitful outcome.

Final Vote Tally

The Ramones                      6

Ola and the Janglers         18

Next Battle on Wednesday April 15th!

        Until then there are posts every day (except Sundays).  Stay with me for more A to Z posts.  I'm trying to keep them short for the most part both for your reading comfort and to accommodate my own laziness.  Now time to rest a while.

  What typically motivates you to act on a dream?   Do you think failure is mainly a result of faulty planning or adverse circumstances or something else?    Where would you like to go in the year to come?