A Start of Things

I was going to say I’d never blogged before, but then I realized that wouldn’t be true. In my middle school days I ran a blog revolving around Club Penguin.

I know.

But looking back I’m amazed at how much there was to blog about. It’s been years since I’ve done it, but I remember coming home from school everyday and spending hours playing this game, as well as making connections in the blogging world of cartoon penguins. Not to brag, but I was well on my way to becoming “Club Penguin famous.”

All that being said, it’s been years since I’ve done any serious blogging. I’m now finishing my first year of college, not sure what I want to do with my life, and have never seriously blogged before.

But why start now?

Well, I’m now finishing my first year of college, not sure what I want to do with my life, and have never seriously blogged before. What better time than now?

I’ve always liked to write but never thought about sharing my ideas with anyone — I’m kind of a quiet soul. But with this year being the most challenging year of my life and with everything going on in the world, I thought this would be the best time to start.

Years from now, I want to see how I grow. I want to be able to show my kids that I was their age. “This was exactly what I was feeling and thinking. I’ve been in your shoes.” I want to develop my ideas and beliefs. I want to have a say in world events, not just watch silently.

And if I wait to start then I never will.

I’m not trying to do anything new or grandiose. I just want to create a platform for me to share my ideas, thoughts, and experiences with those who may want to hear them. While I’m still getting used to the idea of sharing these over the internet, I also consider it something I have to do. It keeps me accountable, forces me to review my work, and it lets me share it with other people.

I believe the ability to speak one’s mind, to voice one’s opinion, and to declare one’s belief is a liberty that should not be taken lightly. While you see it everyday in forums, in comment sections, and on social media, I’ve come to find that if you truly want to establish your estate on the internet, a blog is one of the best ways to do it.

We all have a choice, but it’s not for everyone. While I don’t think that every writer, thinker, or artist needs a blog, what I’ve found in the months of research leading up to the creation of mine is that you’re going to have to fight for it. The idea of starting one had been gnawing at me for a while, but every time there was this feeling that “I should just keep my ideas to myself,” that “I should just stay quiet and not bother.”

Looking back, it was really a voice telling me to be afraid. That my ideas, as uneventful or unimportant as they sometimes are, “were not worthy of existing or being said.” And the truth is that no matter what you believe or think, don’t be afraid.

Speak.

It does not mean everyone will agree with you. It does not mean everything you say will be liked. What it means to me is that no matter who you are, you have a voice. Don’t be afraid to use it. Whether it is a forum, an email, or even a blog about penguins and their igloos, what you say matters. Don’t ever be afraid to start.

If you’re waiting for the right moment, what better time than now?

So here’s to beginnings. Here’s to a start of things.