In my defence I don’t come from a generation that has grown up with technology and social media I come from the era that if you wanted to see a friend you went and knocked on their door and asked if they were coming out to play or as you got older to chat about when and where you were meeting to go to the disco, yes I am that old, and I find that I still prefer engaging with people face to face. Come and have tea with me in the garden or come indoors and have a frothy coffee or hot chocolate on colder days, there'll probably be cake as well as I love to bake, and I’ll chat with you for ages.
Don’t get me wrong though I’m not saying that I’m pants at blogging because I can’t use the technology or don’t enjoy using social media and connecting with people I would otherwise be unable too I’m pants at it because I have really good intentions that I don’t carry through. I have a list of things to write about as long as your arm but do I actually get around to organising myself and writing and posting any of it on any sort of regular basis, apart from the odd bit on Instagram and Facebook, the answer is a very clear NO I DON'T! I start to write stuff, I have notebooks full of notes, masses of photos and plenty of part started draft blogs that I've started fully intending to complete but then I either lose my train of thought or get distracted by something. I really do admire people that can discipline themselves and keep focused on a task, my creative brain just seems to have a habit of trying to go onto the next project, or try to work on several at once, before the current one is finished, this really can be most frustrating at times as I often tend to have quite a few partially completed projects on the go. I know that somewhere I have an almost but not quite finished hand sewn patchwork quilt that I started when my youngest daughter was about twelve, she's now forty-two as I said I can get distracted quite easily and things don't always get completed.
|Sammy when she was about 3-4yrs old|
Sadly though society still so often tends to try to make us believe that to be a success you have to be able to do certain things, behave in a certain way or achieve certain qualifications. This just isn’t true! all of us fly at different heights some will soar like eagles while others like emu’s or ostriches will remain on the ground. The thought of a flying ostrich is interesting but maybe I won’t go down that train of thought right now as an ostrich isn’t meant to fly high any more than an eagle is meant to be able to run at great speed across open land but each is very successful at what it does. It’s the same with people too we’re not all meant to be able to do the same thing in the same way as everybody has a uniqueness that needs to allowed to shine through. What is important though is that the opportunities, understanding and support are there for people to be able to follow their dreams, work towards their goals and aspirations and be allowed to be perfectly themselves within an inclusive and caring society that doesn’t try to set limitations on them or make them feel less worthy because of a condition they have.
|Sammy working Pizza Hut|
*All opinions are the authors own.