SO. I recently was talking with two of my friends who told me that I should write a blog. I laughed. They reassured me that it could be a good idea, and that sometimes I'm even funny. They said that I have had a lot of experiences that other people might really relate to. Again, I laughed, and said: "Why? Because I'm a person in my 30's who has lived through more than most 90 year olds?". And to my surprise, they replied with "Yep! That's exactly why!"
Hmm. Maybe they had something there. When your life has been full of curve balls that you didn't know were coming, you develop a level of understanding across a variety of topics that you never had even thought about before.
I never pictured myself being a single parent, but at this point - can I relate to being one? Yep - I've been doing everything all on my own for almost the entire time I've been a parent. A lot of times, it is so dang hard I just want to give up and take the biggest nap ever. Problem is though - that's not an option when you're the only one your kids rely on every single day.
Do I understand what it's like to have been married and divorced (even twice!) with kids from different dads? Whether I like it or not, that's the way life has played out thus far.
Do I get what it is like to be diagnosed with a rare disease (Narcolepsy) which is far more difficult to deal with every day than people understand? It's sure not glamorous or sexy, but yes - I do understand that.
Do I get what it's like to parent these tiny humans in such a crazy world, while hoping that they somehow turn out to be productive adults who are living a life consistent with the values I've tried to teach them? Oh my gosh...YES! I understand how hard/stressful/scary this one is every single day.
So do you want the good news???! If any of those things are struggles in your life (or one of the many other things that I haven't even mentioned!) you just might feel a little bit better knowing that someone else understands you (that is me!. Heck, you might even feel better once you realize how much you have it all together compared to me. And for that, you're welcome in advance. :) Just thinking of the idea that my own chaos might actually serve a purpose to help others out makes me happy!
In the meantime, hopefully I can sometimes make you laugh while I check off my bucket list item # 249 "Start a blog and see if anyone gives a crap enough to read it". And according to Single Dad Laughing's blog there are only like 50 million other blogs already out there...so clearly I'm jumping on this whole blogging trend right when it's starting out hot off the press. Oh wait...that was more like 15 years ago.
What??? Don't judge me, okay? Apparently I like to take the concept of "fashionably late" to a whole new level. Or decade, I guess.
So yep - this is me. Imperfect, inappropriate, and probably completely ill-suited to be writing a blog. BUT...here I am anyway. So -- let's rock this casbah already!!!!!
PS - Oh yeah! I took a picture to help me realize what it felt like after I finally created my first blog and post, when I finished up at 2:37am. (Sorry if this makes you think I'm a creeper. I can see how it might come off that way, and there's no turning back now).