Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dreamers... In a Dangerous Time

Don't the hours grow shorter as the days go by
You never get to stop and open your eyes
One day you're waiting for the sky to fall
The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all...

Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime
But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight...

Who remembers this song?   Barenaked Ladies.

It's been stuck in my head for the last thirty minutes...randomly... as I racked my brain for which of the million and one things I wanted to write about today.  I have no idea where it came from.  

But the lyrics keep repeating.  

I used to do a "Words for Wednesday" post every week.  Usually it was inspired by a specific quote or phrase or song I'd heard at some point.  These particular words seemed fitting for a mini revival of that exercise.

The song is called "Lovers in a Dangerous Time".  

I'm a Dreamer.  I have always been a dreamer.  I suspect I will always be a dreamer.  People often tell me I just don't see things the way the real world presents them.   The way they're meant to be seen.

I think they're right.  But I also like to think perception is open to interpretation.  

I wouldn't want to be anything else.  Maybe a part of me will always retain my inner child.  It makes me sad how as we grow older, we start to lose our wonder, that spark, the joy in the belief that anything is possible...anything...

It hasn't been easy.  The last few years have been... difficult... interesting... to say the least.  But I wouldn't change a second of it.  

Nothing worth having usually comes without some kind of a fight.  

It's true.  

Don't you value and appreciate the things you had to work for much more than what's been handed to you?  Those glittering, shattered shards you had to fight for with all your heart and soul?  They didn't come easy, they kept you up at night...they pushed you forwards... they made you try harder... they made you wish upon that star...

We do indeed live in a dangerous time... where moments disappear in the blink of an eye.  Where yesterday's highs crash as quickly as today's lows vault up.  

Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight...

Life keeps moving.  It never stops.  The sun always rises though, doesn't it?  

Keep fighting for your dream.  Keep kicking at the darkness.  Eventually you will find that crack... the silver lining that evaded your grasp, but was always there.  

And it will grow.  It will flourish and it will thrive.  

Even on those days when it seems like everything is falling apart.  You will fall back together again.  I promise.

Okay... question time... naturally ;)

Are you a dreamer or grounded in reality?  A little bit of both?  What is something you're currently fighting for?  And who was (is) a fan of this song? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Dealing With Change

Oh my gosh guys... I can't believe it's been 4 years since I posted one of these!

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means a brand new post for The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG).  

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, it was the brilliant brainchild of our ninja captain, Mr. Alex Cavanaugh.  Alex is a truly awesome guy, and started the IWSG so that writers from all walks and stages on this crazy, amazing journey could come together and share stories, advice, fears, support.... basically, anything goes.

And seeing as how I just returned to the blogging world exactly one month ago, an IWSG post was exactly up my alley ;).

Soo guys... I've been struggling.

Returning to blogging, to writing... hasn't been as easy as I planned.  Even though nothing feels more like home to me, it's been a constant battle.  I've been wrestling with ideas, posting schedules, getting back into the groove of things, finding my pace again.

And so much has changed!

Even just navigating through the blogosphere seems to now require a handbook!  And while I know it's merely readjusting, familiarizing myself with the new sites, and all these shiny new buttons, it has blown my mind just how different things are four years later!

Apparently I don't handle change very well either :P

But it's a part of life.  No matter where you are or how ready, change is inevitable.  It happens whether you like it or not.  Sometimes it sneaks up on you... a slap in the face... other times, you have months to prepare, and yet you still find yourself standing outside the door.. unwilling to turn the knob.

I doubt I'll ever learn to fully embrace change right away.  I think a small part of me may always resist to some extent... at least at first... at least until I'm comfortable.  Because while humans are creatures of habit, we were also made to adapt, to grow, to keep moving

We will figure it out as we go, even if the path isn't straight and narrow, or clear cut, or even a path at all.  

After all, at the end of the day, isn't that what change truly is?  The ability to keep going, keep trying, and keep reaching, no matter what curve balls life throws at you.

How about you guys?  How do you deal with change?  Do you feel the blogosphere has significantly changed in the last little while (or is it just me!)?