Marking 7 years of blogging

Thursday, January 04, 2018

To say that perseverance alone brings results is a lie. I note that Monday marked the 7th anniversary of starting to blog and over the last fortnight I'd been giving some serious thought to whether it will be continuing. I've become worn down by so much of the media overshare these days; of white smiles, nipped in waists, flawless skin and the pouts. 
I don't like the way that things have gone in society - generally, on almost every level. I hate that people don't take responsibility for themselves; in their actions, the role models they become, their health, language, relationships, children, morals, I could go on (and on and on). Never have I pretended to be a people person; my predisposition to silence and peace relies on a certain level of detachment from prolonged socialising. 
Girls are dying to become women before mid teens, dog owners don't clean up after their animals, drivers consider it fine to dismiss the speed limit. It's all just wrong. Its like my itchy bobble hat, a bout of tinnitus, a broken arm. Something you can't shake off and ignore for long before it returns to the forefront of your mind and plagues your every waking thought. I am so sick of it all. 

I read a book called The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud which describes the woman upstairs as quietly going about her life but is angry, so angry about the way things are. I can completely identify with this; I'm efficient, busy, ticking things off lists, dutifully keeping everyone else happy but under the surface just seething. It doesn't take much to set me off on a rant.

My Twitter feed is a checklist of Brexit, politics, news (mostly bad and/or fake), complaints, sexualised images, and THANKFULLY plenty of nature and positivity. I never set out to start a riot and I have no momentum alone but it seems to make it all the more important that what I put out there is the message I want to spread. Let's be quiet, behave and appreciate the world around us. 
I'll get back in my box now.
Take care,

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  1. Thanks for your blog. I love reading it and enjoying your lovely photography. Your comments today reminded me of St Paul's advice to the people in Rome 2000 years ago 'Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”'

  2. One reason I appreciate your blog so much is because it is a bit of quiet, peace, and beauty in a crazy world. It is real and honest and who you are seems to come through clearly. I hope you continue to blog so I can continue to enjoy your gorgeous photographs!

  3. 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.' Mahatma Gandhi
    I totally get what you are saying. The nonsense, the noise can be overwhelming. I stepped away from Twitter for that reason, and Facebook to a certain extent, although that is a private account. I despair at the thoughtlessness of others, but I also feel there is a lot of positivity and beauty to be found as well. I understand what you're doing by keeping people happy and seething quietly underneath, but sometimes, just sometimes, you need to make your feelings known, politely, kindly, but firmly. It helps to ease some of the internal pressure.
    Your blog is a place of calm and beauty, of which you should be very proud.

  4. The 3 comments above have said it all, it's a funny old world today and at times you wish you could turn a switch so all you could hear about is the positive things that do happen ,but you can't so keep your blog going please, stay positive and share your enjoyment of our beautiful Norfolk countryside for us to enjoy. xx


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