Wow. Who would have guessed I would be here, sitting at my computer, typing away a blog post for “the whole wide world” to see? It’s exciting and scary and that’s how I know this is going to be special. Maybe no one ever reads this post. Maybe 10 years from now I’ll laugh about that time that I tried to make a blog, but no matter what happens I know that I’m making the right decision by taking the risk.
Writing in school has never been my strong suit. I remember getting excited whenever I found a college that didn’t count the writing portion of the SAT, but about a year and a half ago I began journaling and a lot of things started to change.
Writing in school was all about a final product that could be judged. Journaling was the opposite of that. For once in my life, I was exposed to a form of writing that found value in the process of writing itself, and I turned out that I actually loved that process.
The lack of pressure to perform in journalling was the perfect opportunity to practice and build confidence in my writing. I’ve come to the conclusion that some of the greatest joys in life can be found in the process of creating, and for that reason, I am now able to take the next step of this adventure with the idea to write a blog. I don’t expect to make money with this blog, and I certainly don’t expect to be awesome at something I’ve never done before. I expect to find a challenge, learn some cool things, and make some great memories.
Of course, then I had to ask myself, “What the heck am I going to blog about?”
This one took me a little bit to figure it out, but it all came together when I heard the advice, “blog about something that you could talk forever about”. If you know me you know that there are a lot of different things I could talk forever about, but there is one overarching genre of things that I could talk the most about. The Outdoors!
Some of my best memories are out in nature, and if you get me going about these experiences, I could go on-and-on for hours. The experiences I’ve had in the Outdoors have been so life-giving that I can’t imagine keeping them to myself, and I would have none of those experiences if it were not for others sharing them with me. I didn’t get into hiking because I just decided to do it one day. I got into it because my stepdad invited me to hike Mount Whitney with him.
That is what I want to be for you. I don’t know everything there is to know about the outdoors, but what I do know and whatever I learn I intend on sharing with you. Hopefully one day you’ll share those experiences with someone else.
So cheers! Let’s have some fun with this.