Friday, 28 August 2009

In place of the writing

Do you know what today is? Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog. Hm. Feelin’ pretty good about that, actually. It has been a labour of…well, not so much love as desire for continuity, stick-to-it-edness and longevity.

I do love to write, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I do it more in a personal space (read: Journal) than anywhere else. Having stuck with this blog for a year now, I believe I’ve move past writing it being a “great idea” to the writing itself.

The good thing is that I’ve kept it true to what I wanted. It’s about anything I wish to write. No scrutiny, no critique, no evaluation. S’just what I want to say on whatever subject I want to say it.

Of course, I can hardly mark the anniversary without mentioning the inspiration that jolted me last year; the shot in the arm, if you will. It was the inspiring achievements that the Jamaican athletes made at the 29th Olympiad held in Beijing last year. The likes of Shelly Ann Fraser, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell Brown, Kerron Stewart and the other team members, made our hearts swell. And, for some, like myself, spurred us into action. This year at the 12th IAAF World Championships held in Berlin, they were at it again. A year to the date, Bolt broke the 100M record he set in Beijing - 9.69s to 9.58s and on the anniversary of the 200M, he broke that one as well – 19.30s to 19.19s.

Like many people, I do think now and then about my legacy. What would I have left for longevity to be remembered by; to benefit my loved ones, long after they bury me?

A few things come to mind – none takes the place of the writing.


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Of best days and inspiration

Got up this morning believing that today was going to be one of the best days of my life!

And it was!

Did anything spectacular happen? Well, that depends on how you (say it with me) define spectacular. Actually, a few wonderful miracles came my way. And, I guess, sometimes you ought to just stop and count them there blessings.

- I got a very cheap fare to visit with family in October, GW. It's a surprise for my sis and her family (in celebration of my niece's first birthday)! My other siblings know about it - and I'll mention it to our parents later on. In the meantime, just hoping I say or do nothing to give it away in all my anticipation. Tee hee.

- Shone at an interview tonight for a volunteer position for which I applied last week. It's for a Board Director position with a community organization. Here's hoping I get the position.

- I heard from "Cupid" and believe that he conveyed my number. I'm expecting a call :)

- A year to the date on Sunday, and then yesterday, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser gave inspiring performances at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany. Bolt with his scintillating 9.58 in the 100M men's and Fraser with her glorious 10.73 in the women's 100M.

Inspiration reigns.


Saturday, 8 August 2009

"People need people..."

I came across a lovely story several years ago. It was a gentleman's account of his five year-old daughter asking him to help her undress. He was quick to remind her that she could do that by herself. Her response has stuck with me, even after so long: "Yes, Daddy but, people need people. Even when they can do things by theirselves" [sic].

True dat. People need people. And, well, people need to be needed.