As I look over my Clanmother blog, I recognize that it has been exactly one year since my last post on April 27, 2011. A year brings many changes in location, in career, and in perspective. I vividly recall the afternoon tea with my family – paid for with cash, simply because I wrote about it. That’s the point about journaling. We remember again, long after the event has occurred. And that’s why I’m back to blogging as Clanmother. And this year I will be opening up Clanmother to a wider audience. May 1, 2012 the blog will become public.
As more people take up blogging, we will achieve a greater understanding of who we were at a specific time in history. We will be richer and better for it. The diarists of history gave us personal and cultural perspectives that can only come when words are written down. We owe a great deal to men and women who told the story of their generation. While we recognize names such as Anne Frank, Agnès Humbert, John Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Carr, Lewis Carroll, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many others who quietly passed along their legacy via notes, letters, and oral traditions.
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813 -1855 Denmark) wrote, “life can only be understood backwards: but it must be lived forwards.” For me, 2011 has been my year of transition, which presented new possibilities and opportunities. As I begin to move forward, I will value past experiences and embrace my new reality with genuine enthusiasm. There is always an adventure around the corner.