A few ideas to post, swirled in my thoughts today.   Catchy words, sassy ideas, but as the day unfolded, a theme did swim to the surface.   My expectations about starting a blog and finally creating a page on Facebook were rather low.   I really didn’t want to add another detail to my day.   I’ve felt that approaching the 5-0 this May meant, it is time to slow down the pace of tasks, and focus only on those that mean the most.

But I found it invigorating, fascinating, to pop around Facebook pages of people I know, and be surprised at who they reveal.  I always give myself a little time in the day, to follow an interesting path through the web, to see where it leads, until I’m surprised.   I’ve griped this past year about feeling out of touch, not having time to connect, missing a sense of community.   Today it was all here, no phone tag, no schedule conflicts, no time differences, no excuses.

I viewed my neice’s photos from her trip to Thailand.  I saw one daughter is reconnected with friends from her childhood.  I read how a friend took a trip through an internet rabbit hole and learned some cool things.  I followed a link to a woman’s blog and learned gardening tips.

The point is, I had low expectations about this new version of connection that feels so impersonal.  Instead I’m feeling inspired.  When those rare opportunities to connect face-to-face arrive,  we’ll have a more personal connection.  All it took was a few point-n-clicks, on pictures of people I know, to see what they want to share.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

2 Responses to Expectations

  1. lisanowak says:

    I agree with you 100% about this social networking beastie. I love Facebook. I was reading an article that a friend gave me yesterday about how important social networking is, and how vital the internet is to that process. This is going to be a big factor in our future, and it’s going to lead to a lot of healing.

    I love the template you’ve chosen for your blog. Very nice.


  2. terripatrick says:

    I like it when my expectations are proved wrong, it’s so invigorating!

    I also like that I’m catching up with friends and family, changing my perceptions on who they are, with how they want to be known.


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