I was randomly flipping through the channels this afternoon and somehow landed on a VH1 special featuring Taylor Swift. Before each song in the showcase, she chatted with the audience about what inspired her to write that song. Quel surprise! Every song was about love- either about being in a bad relationship, or getting out of a bad relationship. This poor girl either has really bad luck in love or she’s got us all duped. The more I watched the show, the more convinced I was of the latter. She’s quite clever, this Taylor, narrowing on her target audience with a laser focused message. What are girls in middle school, high school and even college thinking about most of the time? BOYS! Every girl in this demographic has been through at least one major heartbreak, so Taylor’s songs are like anthems to them, expressing the angst and calamity of young puppy love, air fiving the listener with each verse and chorus, and they respond overwhelmingly by going out and buying her records. Her songs may not resonate with me, but her strategy does and it has me rethinking my schema.
When I started this blog, my goal was to simply write and cultivate my interest for the art of arranging words. But, I never gave any thought to WHO I was writing for, other than myself. I make no bones about the fact that this is a self-affirmation blog. I’m neither unique nor special to have escaped unscathed from this experiment called life, nevertheless, my inclination is towards writing the positive… about my life, my family and my friends. In the words of my favorite character, Rick Blaine from my all-time favorite movie, Casablanca, “I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now. Here’s looking at you, kid.” Ah, gets me, myself and I every single time.
So, if you are looking for any kind of reassurance that you are headed in the right path, then this blog is for you. My journey is your journey. If you find yourself dispirited for whatever reason, then take the time and read about my great grandmother who lived to be a 106. She will make you believe in your inner strength! If you are going through a break-up, then read my short story about the things left behind. You might just find your nerve to leave that person behind. Maybe, you are just bored… give one of my cookie recipes a try or read my light-hearted poetry. I’m not claiming to be a good writer but the intention is genuinely, wholeheartedly good.
Like a wanderer finding a roadmap, this is all starting to connect for me. I’m on a lifelong quest in pursuit of the silver lining- in pursuit of the sugar, the sweetness, the wholesome goodness, the warmest part of the human heart where kindness lives, hope thrives and confidence grows. I want to record these moments and remember them for life. This is the fundamental aim of this blog, and I can’t wait to bring my message into focus with each and every post.