Welcome to the first installment of When We Get To It. I’m glad you decided to stop by be you family, stranger, or anything in between. I apologise in advance for the waffle-y post. I didn’t really know how I wanted to start my blog, but once I got going, it was hard to rein it back in.
I’ve been toying with the idea of having a blog for a long while to be honest, but a few things have been holding me back.
- I’m a chicken. Posting online is intimidating for me. It is, in many ways, an ultimate way of opening yourself up to the world. As an incredibly private person, I would normally shy away from this sort of thing.
- Time. You find me here about halfway through my year-long master’s course. This is my 17th consecutive year of school/university (yes, I had to count on my fingers), and adding another thing to my ‘To Do’ list seems a bit overwhelming at times. Not to mention I can be impressively lazy.
- I find it hard to believe I have much to say of interest. Just ask my older sister – I am basically the worst at opinions. 98% of the time I feel like I don’t know enough about a topic to have an opinion, and the 2% of the time I actually do, I just don’t tend to talk about it much.
Over the past few weeks I have realised how silly these excuses are. And they are only excuses, not reasons. Even just writing them down, the first two especially, I was thinking to myself how ridiculous they sound.
So here we are. Obviously I have written this post, so there must be something good coming out of this. My main purpose in blogging is to include my family and friends in my life to a greater degree than I am able to at the moment. I am originally from America, went to university in England, and am currently completing an MSc in Scotland. Being able to keep in touch with family and friends is not simple to say the least.
Additionally, I am tired of being chicken. I have always been very shy, and that made me unwilling to go outside of my comfort zone. I have to say, that got pretty boring real quick. Over the past few years I have gradually adopted this mindset that when something makes me feel nervous or scared, I try and take it on rather than shy away. It’s been working pretty well so far seeing as it got me across an ocean.
The final thing that pushed me out into the blogosphere is travel. Like many people, I love seeing new places and experiencing new things. The more I see of the world, the more I realise I don’t know. And there is a chance someone might find it interesting to read about what I have seen and what I have managed to do (despite being an introvert and the biggest baby when it comes to being homesick).
Long story short, I want this to be a little space of me on the internet for my family to see where I can talk about my adventures around Scotland’s beautiful capital city, travel stories, recipes, or life in general so that they, and anyone else willing, can be a part of all this.
Anyway, I think that is plenty of blathering from me. I feel much better now that I have gotten that out of the way. Beginning anything is always the most intimidating part. Now we can get on to the fun stuff.