Developing a website

Well so here we are about 7 months into developing my website and blog.  Talk about life lessons! It seemed so simple, all the tools are there, support is available, I have used a computer for years, this is going to be a piece of cake I thought…well if the cake is one of those difficult recipes that take a really, really long time to make, and have strange exotic ingredients and test your patience over and over then, yes, so far its been a piece of cake.  Life lessons learned so far:

  1. developing a website is not easy for me even though I’ve used a computer for years
  2. there is a language to learn before you start, what is a “child page”? sounds like a place for crayon drawings…turns out its not.
  3. website development can lead to hysterics and long periods of time spent staring at the computer screen blankly.  That might just be me, I may do a survey on this topic later, after the hysterics pass.
  4. I suspect there are many more lessons to learn on website development so while I only have 4 lessons for now I have a feeling I will be adding to this one…until then.

Who am I?

Here we go.  My very first assignment from Blogging University.  Tell folks who you are and what your blog is about.   I’ve been working on this for a while.  I sit down to get started on the assignment but then I look at what I’ve written and I wonder who the heck is going to read that and come back for more of the same.  Or I start looking at this question of “who am I” on an existential level.  Who am I, who is anyone?  Well I’ll tell you who I don’t want to be and that is a BU dropout.  I’m overthinking this assignment, I know that.  But I’m feeling a lot of pressure here because it seems to me that if I’m going to be a good blogger with blogs that are actually read then I figure my blog and I had better darn well be interesting, or why would anybody read it?  So here is something about me you may have already guessed, I tend to overthink things.  In fact my husband tells me that all the time, “You think too much”.  I always respond, “how can you think too much?”  Not a concept I can relate to…which brings me to the purpose of my foray into the blogging world.  I want to share some of my thoughts with others who, like me, think too much.  Exploring life lessons and, on a big picture level, that is the topic of my blogs.  I want to share some of the life lessons I’ve learned and learn from others life experience.  My life lessons are mainly centered around my fascination with the brain and the conscious/subconscious mind connection.  I will share more about myself and my life lessons in future blogs.  Until then, cheers!

Why explore life lessons?

Exploring life lessons is something that I have been doing for a long, long time, sometimes I even learn one.  For example, some years ago I started to ponder the notion that the people in our lives and the things that happen to us may not be as random as they seem to be.  What if certain people are in our lives are there to help us learn lessons?  What if certain events happen to help us learn lessons?  Would that change how we reacted to situations and people in our lives?

Have you ever wondered why you keep some people in your life even though they have a very negative influence on it?  Have you wondered why you keep making the same mistakes over and over?  I have and it has led me to the notion that there must be something I need to learn from the person, or they need to learn from me, and the things that happen repeatedly are likely there to teach me a lesson I need to learn.  Unfortunately, I’m not always aware of what that lesson is.

So my first disclaimer is admitting that I don’t have all of the answers.  I haven’t learned all of life’s lessons, not by a really long shot.  What I do have is experience and a few well-researched theories.  I have spent countless hours researching those who have a lot to say on the topic.  I have read all the books (well maybe not all of them but a lot), I have watched videos, spent time on reflection and self-exploration.  I have also developed some theories.  So here I am with a wide range of information and theories.  Now what?  I’ve put in a lot of time and energy trying to understand and now I find I am creeping up on retirement age.  Beginning to think about what I want to spend my time and energy on when I do retire.

I’ve explored some options for how retirees can spend their time after leaving the workforce and moving into the next phase of life.  Ranging from lazing about sipping margaritas on a tropical island to giving back through long hours of volunteer work.  I might do all or none of those things when I do retire.  For now I thought I might try my hand at exploring life lessons by creating a website where I could share some of the life lessons I’ve learned and continue exploring other life lessons with the rest of the world.

Creating this website is a life lesson in itself, considering my limited knowledge of website development.  Limited knowledge is an exaggeration, zero website development knowledge is the reality.  But this site is all about exploring life lessons…so here we go!