I was challenged today by two reminders. First, today is the first day of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) where you commit to post to your blog once a day, yes once a day, every day in November. No make-up days, no double posts to make up for skipped days; in other words, no extra credit. Having participated in the better known NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) twice before, the thought of returning to a caffeine-induced state of mind lost in a sea of familiar yet flawed characters while I attempted to write a 50,000 word novella, was a non-starter. But, Catholic-raised girls have a thing about guilt, and I was having a double dose. I started my blog “Running Without Toenails” over a year ago to chronicle my countdown to turning fifty as I trained for the Boston Marathon. After achieving that goal, my blog was feeling abandoned and I was the culprit. Friends urged me to keep writing. What better way to redeem myself than to set a 30-day goal that would fit in better with my naturally decaffeinated life and leave me guilt free, at least temporarily? But I wasn’t ready to commit. Catholic-raised or not, I needed a sign, an omen.
And then it came: a divination from that new land of prophets, the friendshiphood of Facebook. A friend innocently reminded me that I claimed that turning fifty was the new thirty. There it was staring me in the face, that number thirty. And I was reminded that the theme of my blog wasn’t just about running a marathon, but it was an homage to the tenet that I’m not done, yet. Somewhere deep inside I believe new adventures await me, hidden talents will emerge, and I have something of value yet to give. I truly believe that I still have time to be a runner, a writer, a poet, a speaker, a flyer on a high wire, a gardener, a movie critic, a hiker, a tweeter, a snowshoer, a bicyclist, a mother, a lover, an executive, a mini-skirt wearer, a cartwheel turner, a song writer, a road trip driver, a beachcomber, a stargazer, a tweeter, a knitter, a friend, and perhaps after thirty days, a blogger. Thirty days hath November and for me, today is day one.