This is my notebook. It is not all of me, for no notebook could ever contain all that I am, but it is part of me…parts that I can share…and maybe even some I wouldn’t mean to…if I knew what you’d think of me. But I don’t know and that frees me to be me, and that is a good thing.
I will share my thoughts with you, my travels and adventures, my favorite and most dreaded things. I will share who I am and who I hope to be, what I’ve done and plan to do. Sometimes I will be like a child, seeking advice and a new perspective on the world. Sometimes I will be your older sister or dearest friend, saying what needs to be said, even when you don’t want to hear it. I hope we laugh together…and maybe even shed a few tears that others might not understand. I will let you in, though I may not even know who you are; and I hope…I hope that you will value what you see, for it is part of me. My thoughts may not always line up with yours or even with other thoughts that I have shared. The mind is a funny thing that way. You may not always like me. I know that I don’t like everything about even my most favorite people in the world, but I love them and I respect them, and I don’t let the things I don’t like about them keep me from seeing how great they truly are.
It’s not easy to let you in. Sometimes it may seem like it is as I share myself with you. It’s not. Maybe, it will become easier in time. That is why I will keep this little notebook, so I can write my thoughts with less sensor than if I tried to write to you directly. But then I’ll just leave my notebook here for you to read and understand…and hopefully enjoy. Perhaps it will become a sort of letters with you, as you respond to what I’ve shared. Perhaps you will not want to share that part of yourself with me. Either way, I am here…keeping this little notebook of ideas and inspirations, hopes and fears, challenges and adventures, projects, recipes, stories, thoughts and all of the things that a day and a lifetime are made up of…and you are welcome to read it.
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