I love the idea of blogging, journalling, and writing creatively. The truth of the matter is, however, that there are other things that I have consciously decided are a better use of my time.
Working my job not only helps to pay all our living expenses, it also -- almost more importantly -- provides our health insurance. In my impetuous youth, that was something I didn't give high priority. So, leaving a stable job with that particular perk to move 'cross country didn't worry me. Now, I'm older (it's 14 years this month since my relocation adventure). I've seen first-hand how health insurance can prevent bankruptcy. And I'm not the only one to think about anymore.
That's just one example. There are others. The point is that I have a cyclical understanding that prioritization is a reality, a necessity. I must abnegate my dreams, and simply be thankful for a wonderful family, a good job, and a safe place to live. For their maintenance is not simple at all. It requires an allocation of time. Less important things mustn't threaten that.
Oftentimes during my morning routine, lunch at my desk, or in other bits of time, I read a variety of information sources online. The New York Times is my favorite, followed closely by MSNBC.com, CNN.com, and NPR.org. There are articles and stories that intrigue me enough that I email them to myself with a reminder to add it to my blog. Well, as of today, there are 44 such reminders sitting in my box, waiting. I rarely make the time to add them here.
In the interest of respecting my own wishes, and with the above-mentioned realization that my priorities lie elsewhere, here is a small list of the topics I've hoped to blog in the past couple months.
- A cute blogging cartoon
- A nice tribute to Rotary International, an organization near and dear to my heart. I wish I had done this sooner, so the whole text of the article would be available for free. It has gone to "archive" status and requires payment to read in full.
- An article that supports my long-standing argument that the speed limit should be reduced to 55 MPH (I remember the two great reasons it was first reduced in the late 70's -- it saves lives, and it saves gas. Doesn't anyone else remember?)
- More ideas on how to conserve energy resources, oil in particular (Americans could save 50 billion gallons of gas a year by switching to hybrid vehicles)
- Blogger has its own blog. How cool is that?! I have to say that I love Google. And I'm not just kissing up because they host my blog. Their search engine, their maps, their free email, their philosophy, their doodles, everything.
- Stress and short-term memory (now I have an excuse)
- How technology can distract you from doing other... hey, what's that shiny website over there?
- The obsession with attractiveness (archive)
- More on fat hysteria (striking note: a study discovered that "overweight" workers are the recipients of more negative attitudes than ex-felons or ex-mental patients)
- More fat hysteria
- Still more fat hysteria (archive)
- The real reason behind fat hysteria
- More of the real reason behind fat hysteria ($46,000,000,000 spent annually in the U.S. alone on dieting programs and products that historically have a 95% failure rate within 5 years)
- Fat hysteria strikes again
- And again
- And again (no, that's not a duplicate of the last bullet)
- An organization striking out against fat hysteria (note: despite its best intentions, $600K isn't going to make a dent in the $46 billion diet industry, but I appreciate your attempt!)
I was going to include a brief version of it here, but after about 10 bullet points, I decided that I simply can't do it justice. So, it will have to wait for another day. Probably some time in the future when I have vacation, so I can really spend a couple days on it.
To wit. I started this entry over five hours ago. Admittedly, I was distracted a couple times (see Point #7 above), but a significant portion of the time has been spent organizing bits and pieces and thoughts and ideas to create this mish-mash of a blog entry. Imagine what I could do if I dedicated all my time to it. Scary thought, eh?
Post script regarding the articles that I linked above. There are four reasons I send myself these articles.  I agree with the content.  I disagree with the content, and want to explain why.  I learned something new from the content.  They are humorous (see Point #1).
It is important to note that a number of the articles I linked above fall into Reason . It will be in my aforementioned essay that I will take the time to explain why I disagree. Please take into consideration when reading any of the linked articles that their inclusion in no way indicates my endorsement of the topic.