March 27 marked my in-laws’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, and my parents’ fifty-second anniversary, so it was only a few days ago that I realized March 27 (auspiciously) marked an important anniversary for me, as well: the seventh anniversary of my first post on this blog.
Here’s a link to that very first entry: The blog begins. I wish I could see it the way it was formatted back then. (I just tried, using the Wayback Machine, but didn’t manage to get it.)
When I started this blog, I had no expectations for it; I started it as a way to test the happiness finding that novelty and challenge bring happiness. What could I do that was novel and challenging? My agent had told me she thought I’d enjoy having a blog, so I decided to try that. I was very nervous about putting something out there–and comforted myself with the thought that it didn’t matter what it looked like, because no one would ever read it!
It’s unnerving to reflect on how flippantly I undertook this project. I might well have tried something else novel and challenging, like learning PhotoShop. It’s unnerving, because now this blog is one of the major engines of happiness in my life. It’s a daily creation that’s wholly under my control; it allows me to think more deeply, because I can think only through writing; it has given me an entirely new identity, field of knowledge, and circle of friends.
Best of all, it’s a way to engage with others on fascinating issues — and your comments here have done so much to deepen my understand of my subject. Thank you, readers. I so appreciate your enthusiasm, your support, and your insightful conversation.