It dawned on me a few moments ago that I’d not posted anything here in nearly a month. My impression is that no one’s reading this anyway so there’s little point in making the effort, but the real reason why I’ve been silent is that I really haven’t had much to say lately that I consider important enough to document in this format.
John Lennon once said that “Life’s what happens while you’re making other plans,” and that holds true for me in a lot of respects. As 2018 came to its conclusion I made a lot of plans to be executed in 2019. Some of them have been executed, others are being put into motion, yet others are in the pipeline, and yet others have already not materialized (and won’t). On this third day of March, I’m making plans for things that won’t come into being until late February, 2020 – almost a full year from now.
It’s my nature to plan, plan, plan some more, and then just for good measure, to plan a little more before executing that plan. That hasn’t always been the case in my life, but it is a discipline I have picked up over time thanks to trial and error. That doesn’t mean that the things I plan always succeed of course; it’s never quite that cut and dry. But my tendency is to plan to the nth degree, be prepared for the absolute worst-case scenario I can imagine, and consider anything short of that happening at least in some manner a success.
This blog? It’s at least thus far been an example of something I do that isn’t planned. My financial investment in it is nominal as so far has been my emotional one. I’m told by others that if I regularly post things to it – even garbage – eventually people will read it, and from that the blog can somehow be monetized. I’ve seen others do it, and while I’m happy for them, I don’t see that happening here. Predominantly because it’s not among my priorities to pursue that right now – my life’s happening while I’m making other plans.
Consequently? I’ve gone nearly a month without posting something here. I will strive to be more prolific for the one or two of you who are actually reading this. Maybe in a decade this will be a huge concern in which we can all look at posts like this and laugh, thinking, “He didn’t see it.” And in such case, we’ll be right. But right now I have more immediate, more pressing concerns than to focus on this site. Like the Billy Joel song goes, “I’ve got bills to pay and children who need clothes… I know there’s fish out there, but where God only knows.” Right now? I’m busy… fishing.