Something funny happened nearly three years ago in the months following a sad decision to shutter my sixteen-year-old blog.
I did less.
I took fewer photos. I went on fewer adventures. I engaged less and less with new projects. I virtually stopped attempting to tackle new skills.
Admittedly, I was busier day-to-day with being a responsible human, busier outside of the fun, hobby-type things I generally wrote about. There was just less free time.
I had taken on a new job with significantly more responsibility (which brought with it more risk of personal-meets-professional exposure from some of the things I was posting) and the job overall just gobbled up more of my life.
Yet somehow, looking back on it, there was a clearly corresponding relationship between the things I wrote about and the volume of interesting things in which I participated.
Writing gave me a reason to do stuff.
I needed content for my blog, yes.
Yet, in writing I also inspired myself to think about things I had never tried, and motivated myself to try those things… then write more about having tried them.
Having spent nearly forty days on this new blog, a blog that is still very young and particularly hamstrung by a pandemic and brutally cold winter weather, I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about why I’ve decided to start blogging again with this renewed daily vigor.
There are people who write for money and fame.
There are some who write to find peace and clarity.
And there are still others who write for passion and inspiration.
There is overlap between any and all these purposes, of course, but after nearly two decades and multiple blogs, I’ve realized much of my purpose is simply to find a reason to do more. I want to write up those reasons here.
I want to cook better food.
I want to seek deeper adventure.
I want to frequent the outdoors.
I want to explore lesser traveled trails.
Writing a blog inspires me to step out the front door and make choices that lead me out into the world to do these things more often and more deliberately. It’s an aspirational space, and a source of inspiration for myself and others.