On December 3, 2007, my journey into the online blog world began. Switching from a MySpace Blog (remember those days?) to using WordPress took some time to figure out. Over the years, I have experimented with different article features and have received a variety of different comments on them.
When I started my blog, I was in undergraduate college. Now, 6 years later, I am a year into my PhD program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in International Peace. Being in graduate school has definitely made me post less on Silver.Peace, and I wish I could post more!
Over the years, I have come to realize that some things have not changed — that is, there are certain elements in my life that have always been reliable and they still make up a part of me. While friends come and go, here are my three top things that have been a constant in my life:
In June, I went to Israel with a group. The group was the best part of the trip, as I was quite surprised how nice they were. Nice people are not easy to find these days. Here’s a random picture from my stay in Israel – this is at Rosh Hanikra.
I left going to Israel knowing one of my closest friends was going through a rough time. His dad was terminally ill. I found out during the trip that he had passed away, and became a bit depressed. I was not back home to be with my friend – and I tried my best to enjoy Israel, though it wasn’t easy. I guess sometimes you can’t be there for everything, and my friend wanted me to have a good time in Israel.
Over three years ago, I expressed my inner thoughts on what graduation meant. In May 2010, I felt I was a year away from graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, and indeed I was (I graduated in June 2011). By February 2011, changes were happening within me, and the blog (this blog) that I posted in daily started to fade away.
For most of my life, I did internal activities — playing video games, writing, listening to music, reading, and more writing. I occasionally went out with one of my friends — but I had so many friends on Xbox that I enjoyed staying home. By February 2011 though, a shift in my activities changed — I did not want to be isolated at home anymore — I wanted to go out more and spend more time with friends.
I made and became closer with friends who I met in college — before college, I did not have as many friends, and this was because I was on a different maturity level (and wavelength) than most of my classmates. I suppose in college people started to mature, and I was able to connect with more people.
Events happen. How do you deal?
How do you feel?
How do you heal?
Life – passing by.
I am alive.
I am still alive.
Over five years ago, this blog was created. I wasn’t so sure what I was thinking at the time. Even the name (Silvercublogger) was a bit of a mess, though it stuck. My naivety hoped to change the world in a positive way, and I posted every day hoping something…anything… would happen… and things did.
They weren’t big revelations, world peace is not here… yet.. though the interactions I have had and the comments and emails I have received over the years have been very kind… and in some way, made positive impacts… while maybe not on a global scale… the saying goes… help one, and you help the world.
Lately my blog postings have been rather sparse (okay, more than lately). My acceptance into a Master’s program… and the online cosmos came to a slight pause…and now with my graduation in May (and hoping for a PhD in a galaxy not too far away ), I am so close, yet so far away to understanding what my destiny is.
I think blogging has been a compass to help mentor me in many ways I never thought possible. A look back on the days gone by… and the amazing moments that I was so grateful to have.
My friends are the best in the world. They know who I am, understand, and have been there for me throughout the years. I couldn’t have made it to this point without them, and I dedicate this anniversary to everyone who has touched my life in someway…
And if you’re just visiting for the first time… welcome : )
P.S. This post is also dedicated to my twin brother who was waiting patiently for a new post.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is programming many community walks around the United States to raise money in helping to spread awareness and anyone who may be contemplating suicide.
My friend Alicia is participating in one of the walks (wish I could join her!) If you can donate any money at all to this cause it would be greatly appreciated. Help save a life and click here to donate on my friend’s donor page. Thanks!