I’m stunned—people never cease to amaze me. You’re probably thinking, oh oh, something has got Al riled this week. And you would be correct, as I am quite irritated.
Three months worth of pages have been torn from the calendar since initiating my leap into the social media scene. In that period of time, I’ve met more gifted, giving, and interesting souls than I did during the entire forty-seven years prior.
My exasperation comes from not having started sooner.
“But Al,” you say. “Things happen the way they do for a reason.”
True enough, and in the area of my brain responsible for core logic, I realize this. Therefore, I’m going to be thankful that you are all here now—thankful that my fellow author and reader friends posess a veritable treasure-trove of attributes, and characteristics I consider invaluable.
The past ninety days have provided me a shower of daily wit, laughter, and inspiration. Writers, and readers alike, are predominantly intelligent, deep thinkers with wonderful imaginations. My soul craves this type of interaction, and camaraderie, much like a bird interacts with the sky.
Writing is a solitary activity that requires intense focus. The time I devote to social networking is a wonderful counterpoint to the hours I spend with my words. Those who I’m in contact with throughout the week understand what this writer’s life entails, as they’re immersed in the same scenario.
Yes, I may tend to spend a bit longer than I should on Facebook and Twitter, chatting, laughing, and commiserating with my new friends, but here’s the thing; it’s all about the journey, right? My goal is to transition from my current day job, to that of a working author. Yet, lives are made up of days, hours, and minutes. So what, if I trade an extra hour a day to be involved with fellowship, as opposed to spending that hour writing?
The bottom line is this—writing is my love, and it’s what I long to do. The friendships I share are the fuel, the joy, the inspiration behind that love. I refuse to beat myself up a moment longer about the time I spend with these wonderful people, or fret that I didn’t start years ago.
You are all here now, and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend time getting to know each and every one of you. I consider it the greatest gift. Consider this week’s post a tribute to you.
Please feel free to comment about your feelings, and experiences with reading, writing, and the time you spend socializing and networking.
All the best, AB