Hello there! It’s been a while.
Over the past 3-4 years I have let this the Journal of Journeys slip into non-use. The last post, little more than an advertisement of a local marathon, was nearly two years ago, and only a smattering of journeys were documented in 2013 and 2014.
Recently, some significant health-related events in my life have taken me in new directions, yet also took me back many years. The “cycle” of life, so to speak?
As part of the Journal rebirth, I have updated the page theme for the first time in many, many years. A small step, simple yet notable. The Journal of Journeys will no longer about biking (and running) only.
(In truth, it never really was).
Cycling and running are still a huge part of my life, but I will be exploring a broader range of Journeys, including running, biking, photography, medicine, stress management (yoga), diet & nutrition (including… gasp… vegetarianism!), craft beer, and more. To start moving forward from point today, I need to go back a few months to catch up on the recent events that have sparked this revival.
Before I do that… a few reminders about the way I write, which have not changed since I first started it over a decade ago.
First: I write this journal for myself. It’s all about me! It’s self-focused, self-centered, and self-absorbed. I make it public only because there is perhaps a smattering of an audience who may be interested. If nobody reads it but me, that’s perfectly fine.
Second: Despite the internal focus, I write this journal as if it were addressed to others, more or less as a narrator to an audience. I do this because I find it to be a more interesting style of writing. You know… just in case you are one of those few people who might actually enjoy reading it. And who apparently have nothing better to do with your time. I’ll try to entertain, but I make no promises. See note above – it’s all about me.
Third: I don’t allow comments on this journal. Many reasons for this, but mostly it comes down to this being a personal journal that despite being publicly visible, is not open to debate or discussion and I don’t seek neither validation nor wish criticism from others. The exception being from friends on social media who can comment there if they are moved to do so when I publish the links.
Fourth… and a caution: This is an R-rated journal. I use strong language. Quite a lot of it sometimes. There will be f bombs. I express strong opinions, sometimes at great length, about any number of topics, including religion and politics, where they intrude on my life. If you aren’t OK with that, you might want to fuck off to some other website.
See what I mean?