The past month has been a crazy one. After signing up for the A to Z Challenge, I was very excited to put together a great list of diseases and write about them. The list making was easy as were many of the posts. I enjoy bringing knowledge to people who want to learn more. I learned quite a bit myself as well. Some of my posts were very emotional for me. I cried and relived experiences that have changed who I am and how I see the world.
I have enjoyed learning about other people lives and visiting far off lands via the blogs of others. I firmly believe that the only way we can improve our world is to become more connected. To build communities based not on always agreeing, but on mutual respect and caring. This blogging challenge may not seem like it would make that happen, but it does. To know what makes someone tick in India, what makes someone happy in Sweden, to know the sadness and fear in Venezuela brings us closer together. Anything that helps us to feel empathy and to inspire change in our lives is a good thing in my humble opinion.
Outside of the blogging challenge, a lot of things happened. Tragedy struck many people and touched the periphery of my life. I am thankful that the tragedies were not in my family, but my heart aches specifically for two families that lost the parents leaving 7 children to be raised by their aunts and uncles. The continued violence around the world. The natural disasters that have brought devastation to many lives. Jobs lost, jobs gained. Birth, death. Happiness, sadness. Elation, depression. The world continued to spin and lives were changed.
I am thankful that I took part in this challenge. I am grateful that I gained a new appreciation for writing and for the world and people around me. I am pleased that people liked my posts and commented. I hope that I will have more to say and that people will come back.
I don’t know what life has in store for me, but I welcome whatever challenges are ahead.
Thank you for your support and on this Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you!