I love to write and have written for a number of publications, but I’ve never had my own blog. I’ve also had this dream to start a non-profit that focuses on the empowerment and restoration of victims of poverty-related abuses, especially human trafficking. I want to call it Freedom Is A Right.
The problem is that I have spent the majority of my adult life working 80-100 hour weeks, and I’ve just never quite left time for myself or to do anything that I wanted to do. Yes, I’m what some might call a workaholic, so imagine my surprise when all of a sudden, the pain in my knees was so severe I couldn’t run anymore (oh yes, I was a runner), and then I couldn’t walk stairs without pain, or sit or stand without pain. After finally going to the doctor and getting multiple opinions, it was official. My legs and knees were just completely shot from years of sports and running, and, while my parents don’t like to admit it, heredity. So fast forward a bit. I came home to the charming city of Lubbock, Texas and had the first round of surgeries on my knees (yes, both knees). The next surgery, and hopefully the last, is this coming Friday. It’s going to be more intensive and require even more downtime–just the thought is almost enough to make me crazy. But in considering how I was going to manage and navigate this involuntary time of “rest” I remembered all of the things that I’ve always wanted to do and never did.
I fully expect this blog to be disjointed and all over the map. I don’t expect that very many people will read it, but I honestly don’t care. I’m not reading up on “how to start a blog” or the “top 10 mistakes new bloggers make” or whatever else might be out there because at the end of the day, this is for me. And if there’s something in there that appeals to, inspires, empowers, or hell, even pisses someone off, I’ll just consider that icing on my proverbial cake! That being said, this won’t be all about human trafficking, it won’t all be political, and it won’t all be uniform from one day to the next. I love to write…in my past life I reviewed movies, restaurants, and different products. I’ll probably do some of that. I’ll probably also throw a pitty party or two for myself, and more than a few rants about political or social injustice should be expected. But just as a reminder, this is mine and for me, and if you don’t like it, don’t read it!