DebbieDoesLife

Monday, March 05, 2007

Leave the Light On


I believe we blog for a reason.

What was mine? I have always loved to write. Never thought I was overly gifted as a writer but that never stopped me from trying. Writing is a skill that does improve with lots and lots of practice.

But, I started to blog as an outlet. I was at a point in my life where my life was changing and I needed to write and I needed to know other people to get me through. You did.

Blogging was a life preserver that I grabbed onto and didn't let go for almost two years. My oldest was graduating and leaving home for college. This change in my circumstances made me question who I was and where was I going. It's like arriving at an undiscovered spot in the jungle and looking around to try and figure out - Okay, how to I survive here?

My husband's career was and is great and he is enjoying it and the other two kids are certainly not babies anymore. I needed to find me again. My identity as a wife and mother simply was not enough anymore. So, not only did I not recognize the terrain in my new jungle but I didn't recognize the person in the mirror anymore.

My fellow blogging friends are all at different places in their life. Some are newly married, unmarried, pregnant with their first babies or dealing with school age kids and not so new marriages. Some are divorced and discovering a new life on their own. This wonderful mixture gave me balance - usually a good laugh and sometimes a tear or two. Most importantly, it gave me a hand up and out of the darkness. Prozac? Who needs it? Just blog!

I may be back. But if I do I may start a new blog and this time not tell anyone who knows me. The next time around I would like to be brutally honest and too many people read my blog who know me in my "real" life.
But for right now, I am simply done. My empty spot has been filled (for the moment!). So, thank you and take care out there. I'll still be checking on you so please, leave the light on.


27 Comments:

  • Oh Debbie. I'll miss you. But good for you that you don't need to do this anymore. :-)

    And keep my email. I don't know you from Adam, so I'd LOVE to read any new blog.

    Take care.

    Michele

    By Blogger Type (little) a, at 3/05/2007 12:19 PM  

  • Wow, that's really amazing that you posted this- I just said the same thing. I made one last post describing my New York trip, and then said... "bye". My empty spot is full, yep.

    By Anonymous Sharla Dawn, at 3/05/2007 2:43 PM  

  • Debbie, I'll miss you, but I understand. My light's always on for you, so please, visit. :)

    Be well.

    By Blogger mamatulip, at 3/05/2007 2:53 PM  

  • Oh, bummer, Debbie! Well, if you DO start a new blog AND you want some of your loyal readers back, send us an email or comment on our blogs, OK? I hate that one of my Houston bloggers is going to be gone!

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 3/05/2007 6:23 PM  

  • I can totally relate. I stopped blogging for 2 years. It helps to take a step back when needed. Take care, and we still need to meet for lunch at Old Town Spring.

    By Blogger Trish, at 3/05/2007 6:46 PM  

  • Please leave a trail of crumbs, so we can touch base from time to time.

    Thanks for your support!

    ((((hugs)))

    Brenda

    By Blogger Brenda, at 3/05/2007 7:54 PM  

  • dang.
    I want to read your "brutally honest" blog--

    --As long as it's not about me.

    By Anonymous tank, at 3/05/2007 9:15 PM  

  • Hey, I hope this isn't good-by for good!!

    Come and visit anytime. And if you do start another blog, let me know. I promise I won't tell. And I don't know you in real life anyway, so I'm safe!

    By Blogger teahouse, at 3/05/2007 10:01 PM  

  • Best to you as you move on to new adventures.

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 3/06/2007 5:01 AM  

  • I feel exactly this way: " I would like to be brutally honest and too many people read my blog who know me in my "real" life. " and have thought often recently about throwing in the towel myself.
    We'll miss you. Hope you're back one day.

    By Blogger Renee, at 3/06/2007 9:06 AM  

  • I'll miss your bright voice out here. Please be sure to continue dropping by the Kingdom. You are always welcome.

    By Blogger Annie, The Evil Queen, at 3/06/2007 10:40 AM  

  • I'll miss you, but I totally get what you mean about starting over anonymously. I wish I could do that. I have never told a lot of people about my blog, but some of my close friends blog and are pretty open about it, and since they link to me I always feel like some randoms that I see at parties once in a while know all of my secrets. I hate that. In any case, do what you need to to do!

    By Anonymous Jess, at 3/06/2007 11:22 AM  

  • Please don't be a stranger. I'd love to hear what's happening in your life now and again.

    By Anonymous TB, at 3/06/2007 8:42 PM  

  • I'm glad for you. Sad for the rest of us.

    But, if you are ever lonely in your nice beautiful house and need some friends to chat with, you know where we'll be!

    Take Care, Debbie and Godspeed.

    By Blogger Seeking My Zen Garden, at 3/06/2007 11:34 PM  

  • Not again! *Sniffle* You were my first commenter... My first internet friend. So yeah, I'm laying on the sap a bit. But I really don't want you to go.

    By Blogger Tink, at 3/07/2007 3:10 PM  

  • Aw Debbie, I'll miss you. I understand, though. Consider that light lit ... come back whenever you get a chance!!

    By Blogger Jess Riley, at 3/08/2007 3:15 PM  

  • Whaaa???
    You going?
    You are leaving us?
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    okay...

    May your dreams fly on the wings of butterflies, my sweet...
    I will be grown up about this...
    But I shall miss you immensely!!!

    By Blogger Pendullum, at 3/16/2007 6:58 PM  

  • oh man, i like to read you!! well, best wishes to you. for selfish reasons i don't want you to stop, but i understand. i think you should do an invite only blog (i mean as long as i get an invite... hee hee) i have a blogging friend and she is private because of the reasons you stated, i got an invite because i don't know her outside of blogging. oh well just a thought.. bye..... for now

    By Blogger acaligurl, at 3/28/2007 12:11 AM  

  • I don't know if you will checking these old blog comments but I hope you do because I lost my entire email address book when my computer crahsed.....I don't have your email address and mine has changed so here it is.....please write me when you have a chance:

    catheo@charter.net

    I hope all is going well for you at your new job. I too am stepping out of the full time mom gig and back into the world.

    Carol

    By Anonymous Carol, at 4/02/2007 1:40 PM  

  • I like your blog image of the perspective.

    Twighlight zone returns!!

    Graffiti

    By Anonymous Graffiti, at 4/16/2007 2:10 AM  

  • Hello and good-bye Debbie...Go live your life. I am sorry to have missed you.

    By Blogger mjd, at 4/18/2007 3:06 AM  

  • So sorry to see you go! :( But glad you seem at peace.

    By Blogger Arabella, at 4/19/2007 10:50 AM  

  • Well this is what happens when I have a baby and don't blog enough...where is everybody going?!

    I'll miss you, but I completely understand what you've described. Please keep in touch!

    By Blogger Brooke, at 4/24/2007 2:18 AM  

  • Hey! I've lost your not-so-new email address. Send me a note some time! Jill (in Edmond!!!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/14/2007 2:08 PM  

  • Debbie, I'm late to this party, but I will miss your blog. Hope you'll inform those of us who don't really know you where we can find you in the future.

    Best of luck.

    Candy

    By Anonymous Candy, at 5/16/2007 9:15 AM  

  • Just dropped by, and just thought I would let you know I am thinking about you...

    By Blogger Pendullum, at 5/17/2007 12:16 PM  

  • Hope you do comeback...
    I've missed you!

    By Blogger Pendullum, at 5/17/2007 4:50 PM  

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