As the "43" series and my 43rd year are soon coming to an end, I'm reaching all kinds of milestones. For instance, tonight's post is entitled "Five Hundred" as this is my 500th all time post on "The Bumpy Ride"!! It hardly seems possible to me, but when you take into consideration that tonight's post is also my three hundred sixty third consecutive blog; it's not so difficult to understand how I arrived here.
I remember deciding to take a stab at writing a blog like it was yesterday. I'd been having such a great time spewing my opinions about the Oscars and the fashions, that when Michelle M suggested that I write a blog, I thought I'd give it a shot. Even though quitting's not my nature, I almost threw in the towel when I found out that I had to create a title, a sign off name, and commit to what I was going to write about, because the tasks seemed so daunting. But in no time at all - I knew. To call my blog "The Bumpy Ride" only seemed natural, since I really do write like I talk -which is one of the reasons that (as you may have noticed), my punctuation isn't usually correct. This in and of itself makes for a bumpy journey - I know; but the name also derived from my storytelling style - which to this day I think fits it perfectly. As for the subject matter, I've stuck to what I know. My real life (bizarre as it is sometimes), pop culture, and my observations about anything and EVERYTHING.
Over time, "The Ride" has evolved into recommendations for (say it with me) "THE GREATER GOOD", and life lessons as I learn them. In 500 posts I have yet to figure out why, although I'm so self-conscious, fear ridicule AND criticism; I never hesitate to share my most embarrassing moments, and my frequent faux pas with you.
From moment one, I explained that I wanted to become a professional writer, and even though I still may be a long way off from that ever happening; I feel like if even in a very small way, my stories have somehow made a difference.
The "43 " series has been the brunt of my 500 posts and deciding to write is has been both a blessing and a curse. I've chronicled the year that theoretically could have been my last. I was distracted, I was observant and I didn't miss a minute. I documented my life past, and present and now have a testament to everything that I thought and did this year; which if nothing else, will be something that my children will be able to remember me by when I'm gone (a long, long time from now.) So yes, ultimately I truly do believe that it was a small price to pay for the inconveniences.
My hope is that one day 500 will be the number of followers that I have, or the number of lives that I've positively impacted, or the number of dollars that I'm being paid for an article or to speak publicly.
I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who has encouraged and supported me throughout my 500 posts. Thank you to anyone who's shared my link, left a comment, or took the time to read. I look forward to getting started on the next 500.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING