“One of the most burning questions participants ask themselves every year is: “Should I have a theme?” Themes are not mandatory, but definitely fun. They let your visitors know what to expect, and help you create posts that line neatly up from A to Z. They also have an added bonus: They let you participate in a whole separate blogfest!”
I always wait till the last minute to decide on a theme; usually, it feels too constraining and I wonder if I should’ve just gone with the no-theme theme on the no-niche niche blog. But then I couldn’t play in the bonus blogfest of The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal.
What’s broad enough to provide fodder for a whole month of posts, but narrow enough to be intriguing?
I was catching up with an old friend, the other day, and our conversation turned to finding our purpose in life. I’ve often wondered if I’m the one who’s out of step, never wondering about things like “finding myself,” or “what’s my purpose in life?” or “why am I here?” I’ve never felt a great rumbling of discontent in life, and overall, I’d say that I’m a happy person who has never left great damage or drama in my wake. Seems like that ought to be enough.
I haven’t cured cancer. But I’ve survived it.
I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about how I haven’t lived up to my full intellectual potential. I do have a keen awareness that all lifespans are limited, and there aren’t enough years ahead to learn and do and see all the amazing things there are to learn and do and see. “What if you learned you had only a month to live?” Every time that question comes up, I imagine myself sitting there with my mouth hanging open and my eyes wide, like a deer caught in the headlights. The only honest answer, obviously, is “Waste a good week of it, wondering where to start?” Kids, if you’re reading this, getting my affairs in order is probably the last thing on the list. I cannot imagine a more boring way to spend my last days on this earth. It’s unreasonable and unkind of me, but – hire someone to burn it all. I mean, to go through everything and deal with it.
But no, I’m not dying. Not any more than you are, and not any faster, anyway. I plan to live another forty years, at least. But forty is no longer “more than half my life.” And life, I’ve realized, is an E-ticket ride. As I was telling my friend, I would choose to go again – it’s been a blast, so far, even with all the glitches. The only imaginable disappointment would be if there’s nothing after death – even sleep has dreams. I don’t suppose I could miss anything, if there were nothing after death. But the thought of it makes me a little queasy now.
And so, that brings me to my A to Z theme reveal: My Bucket List. I’ve never really made one, and if I did kick it tomorrow, I’d honestly be content knowing I’ve lived fully. But there are so many things I’d do, given the chance – and it’s fun to explore them! Have you ever noticed how writing things down, sharing them, often leads to making them happen? Oh, yes… it does.
Only one thing I know for sure right now – it won’t feature Kopi Luwak.