Happy New Year! From my family to yours, I’m wishing you a productive and fulfilling year filled with laughter and good times. My focus this year will be on personal wellness, helping my young adult children on their journey’s, and figuring out how to create new memories that hold love and meaning for my family.
I’m getting to an age where every time I go to the doctor I get lots of warnings about things like high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc., etc. I could just start listing maladies that come along with age and most of them would apply to most of us people at some point in our lives. The challenge is finding the right way to combat health issues as naturally as possible in a way that is as personally tailored to oneself as can be done. This is something I am taking very seriously in 2019. One of my last articles of 2018 was all about the gap in maternal mortality rates between the black and white communities and why. Just a few short weeks after I wrote that, my cousin’s cousin died the day after giving birth to her 5th child, and first daughter. It was heart-breaking and I was so sad about it I honestly couldn’t write. I got caught up in thoughts of how I know all these horrible curmudgeon’s in their 70’s and 80’s, yet a kind soul who was never without a smile and who raised four amazing young men virtually on her own was stolen from the world.
Those thoughts are however, unproductive and serve only to make the thinker sadder. So after scrapping a few articles between then and now, I have Nicholas Kristoff’s and his end of year column to thank for helping get me over the hump and get in a new writing place. You can read here how 2018 was in actuality the best year in human history: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/05/opinion/sunday/2018-progress-poverty-health.html?emc=edit_nk_20190104&nl=nickkristof&nlid=5665968320190104&te=1
He also went on to say that “in the 1950s, two-thirds of parents worldwide suffered the loss of at least one child. That’s just about the most terrible thing that can happen to anyone, and it was very common. Now it’s very rare (only 4 percent of children worldwide die by the age of five).”
That’s inspiring. It shows that globally lives have improved exponentially in less than one hundred years. I started blogging as a way of informing other moms who may have less experience and less resources than myself about all aspects of parenting. However as time goes on, there are just so many outlets for information. And most of it is packaged as videos, there’s no need to read anymore to gather useful information. I wonder if the written word will become obsolete in less of a “Fahrenheit 451” type of way, and more of a (insert forgotten thing).
As for now, I intend to continue writing and I plan to let this blog grow and evolve into whatever it winds up being. If that means parenting advice, funny stories of parenting wins and fails and a combination of other things, I hope it will remain a good read!