“So I write about things like: What is a friend? How do you keep a friend? How does what you do by accident change your environment and how do you come to grips with that? Wouldn’t it be cool to drive a bus? You know, the sort of fundamental, deep emotional questions that we all have.”
-Mo Willems in “Why Books? The Zena Sutherland Lecture,” The Horn Book Magazine (November/December 2011)
Seven years ago today, I posted my very first entry at watat.com, appropriately titled “Hey! Wow! I Don’t Know What I’m Doing!”
I still don’t know what I’m doing.
I’m glad to be here, though, and I’m glad that people choose to be here with me. Watat has taught me to look at life more sharply, to see the stories going on around me every day, whether I wind up posting about them or not. The blog’s helped me think through a lot in my life. It reminds me all the time that people think about the same things I do, that people care about me and the things that are important to me. I love the conversation, the community, and my friends and family chiming in.
My life has changed a lot in the last seven years, and a lot has stayed the same. Looking back, I am grateful. Looking forward, I wonder what the next seven years will bring.
I have no idea.
And that is awesome.