Writing 101 Day 4: (part 3)… other things gained

Continued from Part 2

As far as some things this experience has taught me.  Slow down!  Don’t rush!  I’ve had to move slower over the last few years.  I’ve witnessed the way those who don’t walk fast enough are rushed around and almost pushed aside by everyone in such a hurry.

Did I used to be like that?

I’ve been on the way to the checkout stand in a grocery store hobbling on crutches and using the shopping cart as my second crutch only to have someone in such a hurry rush to be in front of me -not realising or caring how much pain it was for me to even get to the line let alone stand in it.

DISParkingMy speed has finally picked up.  I can walk (without any crutches) into a grocery store now and don’t have to park in the handicapped spot to do it.  I have learned to be patient and gracious.  I want to think I always was but now, every time I pass someone who is moving slower, I make sure I am passing them with respect and care and certainly don’t place myself in a position to make their situation harder.

I know I am a better person for having had to slow down.  A loss of true mobility that I am seeing regained has given me appreciation and gratitude for so many of those simple things we take for granted.  The walks on the beach with my dogs is a highlight of one of the things my mobility and I enjoy but the grander picture of walking at all is something I no longer take for granted!

(Assignment from Writing101) – Part 3

Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.

This doesn’t need to be a depressing exercise; you can write about that time you lost the three-legged race at a picnic. What’s important is reflecting on this experience and what it meant for you — how it felt, why it happened, and what changed because of it.

Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.

Abouting!

Today’s assignment was to make an ofScreenshot_020915_012332_AMficial ABOUT page along with a widget that would contain some key text from the ABOUT page without being too lengthy.

I’ve realised over the course of this last week that my goal for this blog is becoming more clear though not necessarily as defined as I might like.  I would like to chronicle a bit about, where I’ve been and where I am and will be going, if for nothing else, than to have something to look back on and remind me of progress.

For the ABOUT me widget, which I titled, YOUR AUTHOR, I tried to highlight some of the key events in my life that might encourage a reader to want to read more.  The text I have chosen to use in the widget does summarise my ABOUT page but hopefully entices the reader to want to read.  Also I see it as a source of credibility depending on the subject I may be exploring in any given post.

The ‘YOUR AUTHOR’ text widget I made is set to only be displayed on the HOME page.  I may change that later to appear everywhere -but I figure it might be a good idea to keep the blog portion ‘less busy’ aesthetically speaking.

And I continue to learn and grow and explore!