The Hurdle of the “First”

Hi everyone…or…no one. Yet?

This is my very first blog post. Ever. So I am going to try not to freak out about it.

I think it’s natural to make a big deal about firsts. Firsts are great. They are momentous, exciting, scary, thrilling…we’re taking it up a notch. The problem is that the importance of the ‘first’ can get completely blown out of proportion.

  • The wedding vs the marriage
  • The birth vs raising a healthy well adjusted child
  • The first blog post vs finding expression, community, and meaning
  • You get the picture

As much of an upside as they have, this weight we put on the first can also intimidate and distract us from moving and thinking beyond it.  Moving into deeper waters, into the journey, because we’re afraid of the initial shock and the chance that we might screw it up.

This is part of being human, part of the journey on the road of life, these kinds of things and a lot more, are what I want to write about here and talk about with you.

Welcome to Good Life Road. I am incredibly excited for the journey.

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5 Responses to The Hurdle of the “First”

  1. Connie Lee says:

    Hi, Karen,

    I remember knowing exactly how you feel…it’s like the Pink Floyd song goes, ‘Is there anybody out there? Just nod, if you can hear me, is there anyone at all…’

    I started my blog nearly 1 year ago. It was exciting and a little scary and a whole lot of fun.

    I wanted to post a comment on your first blog post, to kind of christen Good Life Road. As Bill Murray said in Caddy Shack, ‘A little something for the effort…’

    Yes, we’re out here. Yes, we’re reading and listening. Keep up the good work! Don’t get discouraged.

    If you’re so inclined perhaps you’d like to visit my site or my fb site for The Power To Live and ‘like’ it.

    You, ‘Go!’, Girl!


    • Kathryn says:

      Thank you so much for being my first comment Connie and for the very encouraging words! Congratulations on making it to a year with your blog The Power to Live. I look forward to doing some good reading and poking around there. Your right it very much feels like the Pink Floyd song at first…hello hello hello is there anybody out there – could be the official blogger’s anthem.


  2. Marianne Der Clint says:

    Kath, I’m so excited for you. This is very inspiring, not only for me, but as you well know, yourself. Congratulations on taking the leap. I love you and miss you and want to spend time with you soon. Thanks for putting this out there. I’ve never ever read any blogs and I’m glad yours is the first. You have my attention and thank you for reminding me about all the little things, as we seem to forget so easily in our everyday lives. Funny, because I posted something on my FB wall last week about wishing I would have taken that extra few minutes to brush my daughter’s hair before rushing out the door to work and getting there a half hour early, leaving her cryng behind a closed door. My sister replied, “Is it so bad?” And I replied, “It’s the little things.” I think after all these years we ( you and I) still have a karmic telepathy of some sort. 🙂 My best wishes for this journey.

    • Kathryn says:

      Thanks Marr for the kind words and for sharing the story about your daughter. Being a parent can break your heart on a daily basis because you really want to be at your best for them every day and the world pulls us in so many directions. You have such a clear heart though, you know what matters.

  3. A&J says:

    Hello Kathryn,
    Yes, the examined life really is the road to the good life. So many times many of us just float along not really appreciating the days of our lives as we move swiftly through the motions to just accomplish the daily basics. Former President Kennedy once quoted an old Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Your sharing your thoughts in this blog are good for you to write and good for us to read and ponder. Love the name of the blog and all that it implies

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