Well, I made it. I made it to fifty. As I start writing this post... it is 9:30 am, March 29, 2018 in Calgary. I have already had breakfast, a walk, a video blog shoot and a swim in the hotel pool. I feel like the day has started off alright.
I have been wondering how to end this blog. After all... the Journey to 50 is over.. now a new one begins. But before I share what the next writing journey will look like, I want to recap the last nine months of my blog and some of the highlights of sharing my journey.
I started this blog on June 29, 2018, nine months ago with a blog post called Conception Day. I revisited that date ten years prior when I had my parents down to Calgary for a birthday party. It seemed like a good time to start journalling my way to the Big 5-0. Nine months is an approximate date for the beginning of me... I have no clue when I actually started.
The month of July inspired me with five posts... my favourite being a post about my 104 yr old great aunts... NOT EVEN HALF WAY HOME!.
August and September reaped some okay posts.. but nothing on my "best works" list. In October, I wrote the most viewed post from this blog... "I want to go home!" It was a post about my childhood farm home of Flatrock. I don't know why it got so many hits... but it did.
Drew Marshall and Billy Graham were the highlight reels of November. In December, I was only inspired once, but it reached the top five in popularity... "Where are you, Christmas?". A post on my thoughts of the reason for the season.
The New Year rolled around and I started with a letter to 2018. One of the most momentous moments in my writing journey was documented in my last post of January, when I was given the opportunity to write an endorsement for Wayne Jacobsen's book "Beyond Sundays".
Then the wind down of the blog... I found myself posting about birthday presents, snowmen and roadsigns... all leading to today.
This morning as I went for my walk, I found myself surrounded by one massive graveyard. Macleod Trail runs right through it. There are graves on both sides. My first thought...
"So much for Rest in Peace"
As I looked at the dates on some of the headstones, I got the picture that maybe when this cemetery started, it wasn't split in two by one of the main thoroughfares into Calgary's downtown core. I felt for the people that come here to spend time with their departed loved ones. How serene is the moment for them during rush hour traffic.
But as I ponder this, I wonder if walking through that cemetery doesn't bring me to the understanding of Peace in the midst of Rush Hour. Somehow, I can still sense the serenity that comes from walking among the markers of people's life journeys and still find a calm place to reflect.
The grave markers remind me that I am on a new journey. There are markers I have left behind and every once in a while, I will walk among them for a time of reflection... but then I will journey on.
This post is the marker for this blog. I am going to lay this leg of my journey to rest. I am sure I can come back and reflect on my Journey to 50... but may it find me thankful for what I have learned along the way, and who I have inspired.
Even though, this blog only made marketing attempts through Facebook... I was able to share my journey with blog readers from Canada, USA, Peru, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Ireland, Hong Kong, UK, Mexico, Netherlands and the Philippines.
Anyway... I may be done this blog... but I am not done blogging. The Journey is going beyond the Jubilee. I don't know what that journey is going to look like yet, but I look forward to the new adventures and inspirations I can share. I will link the new blog to this one, and will continue to share posts on my Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone who has come with me on this journey.
Ruby Neumann signing off... for now.