It’s hard for me to believe that I am back home on LI having returned from a long-awaited vacation on the Central Coast of California. I did most of the things I really wanted to do including hiking in the redwoods, relaxing at a winery, having a massage and hot tub afternoon with my daughter at a local spa, visiting Big Sur where the landscape is bigger than life and seeing old friends whom I’ve known for over forty years and don’t get to see that often.
Although in the past I’ve always found it difficult to make this trip because I love the West Coast and my friends so much and hated to leave, this time returning home was different. I am still bicoastal (which I wrote about in a previous blog), but as I’ve gotten older and am now a cancer survivor from a close call with cancer earlier this year, I realize that I am very much a New Yorker in that I like doing things, having goals, and even the hardships that living in the East can throw your way. After all, it builds character, doesn’t it?
And not surprisingly, I am happy to return to this relatively new (for me) community of friendly writers which I feel very fortunate to be part of. I looked forward to posting my blog tonight although I didn’t have any idea what I’d write until 10 minutes ago. But I knew that was ok because this is such an accepting community that appreciates all efforts. The only challenge is to just show up! In addition, through my increased self-confidence as a writer as a result of blogging with TWT, I now have plans to attempt a first draft of a book I’ve been thinking about for a while. It’s too early to share details, but I’m sure I will do so in the months to come. It’s good to be back!