Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wake Up

Wake Up - The Arcade Fire

I decided to stop this because it was taking away from my real, unfiltered mental thought processes and subsequent writing. Not that what came before this wasn't "real", but I realized that when I look back on my time abroad, I'll want something tangible and more raw then entertaining or show-offish. Bloggers, by nature, compose posts for others to read, and who your readers are never leaves the back of your mind. I had dozens of stories to post that I didn't necessarily want family to read; likewise I had things to write that I didn't want friends to read. So I just stopped and turned my focus to filling up journals with whatever came into my head. Grocery lists, flight confirmations, song lyrics or even multi-page stories. I filled a single moleskine during 3 weeks of backpacking with some of the best thoughts and words I've had in years, and I can't wait to read them again a long time from now.

I realized that I shouldn't need to post stories here. And that need went away.

If there's one thing I've learned from this abroad experience, it's that "real" life should always take precedence over the "virtual" life that all of us now knowingly or unknowingly possess. Now that is about the most stereotypical blogged statement that I can imagine. So Cheers London.