I've been thinking about this post for awhile now and I've composed several mental rough drafts: Some aim to be light-hearted and humorous, others more introspective and philosophical; others were kinda on the gushy-sentimental side, and a few other drafts were too brief, and a little flippant. In short, it's been difficult. Probably because saying "goodbye" is a toughie.
But, here: I think this is my best version of saying farewell in a manner that's best in keeping with this blog.
The Long Goodbye
Some of you may remember about a year ago when I summarized a conversation I'd had with my mother wherein she said, "You know those bloggers. They're all so self-absorbed." At the time, I laughed it off, but as is true for most things mothers say, her words lingered with me, and like koan, I've been turning her phrase over in my mind and meditating on it for nearly a year now.
It's true that there's something narcissistic about blogging in order to believe that readers may be interested in what I have to write about myself and my life, but did that make my blogging a simple act of self-centered naval gazing without further meaning or significance? Was this an act of simple vanity?
After thinking on it for a long time, I came to the following conclusion: Yes, this blog is about the personal, but there's something universal about the personal.
That's why people write blogs, read blogs, and take the time to leave one another thoughtful comments (or even go one step further and connect with one another outside of blogging) because blogging helps us feel connected to one another by understanding that ours is not a singular experience. This has made my blogging meaningful and this is why I have appreciated having so many of you as readers for so many years, and why I am truly grateful to you for allowing me to read your blogs and gain insight into your experience as I search to discover significance in mine.
So, thank you.
Thank you for reading, thank for leaving kind and encouraging comments, and thank you for opening up your personal world to me as a reader. I've enjoyed this community immensely; it has meant a lot to me.
My best wishes to each of you as readers! Enjoy your running, enjoy your families, your friends, your work, and your lives!
So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, goodbye!
I fell down yesterday while I was running. Scraped the hell out of my left knee. It stung as the air bit it once I got up and resumed running. It's been YEARS since I fell down while running. YEARS.
My first thought after resuming the run was: "Yay, what a story for the blog!" Second thought: "Ah shit, I'm gonna miss blogging."