Famously asked at a formal debate by 1992 vice-presidential candidate Admiral James Stockdale, the seemingly ridiculous questions “Who am I? Why am I here?” have stuck with me. I often repeat the phrase when I find myself in a room but can’t remember why I went there—do you know the feeling? But the questions are also apropos for my opening blog post, and this season of life.
For the past 6 years I have been writing full-time as senior copywriter for the marketing department of a medical education company, while supporting my husband as he battles stage 4 cancer, and raising a remarkable and gifted teenage daughter. My very busy life has made it hard to keep my head above water, let alone maintain my own personal website and blog. Now, freelancing between full-time jobs, I have a moment to catch my breath and write from my own perspective.
So, who am I, and why am I blogging? For many people, there has to be a hook, a qualifying attribute that makes a writer or a speaker worth listening to. I am learning that we all have a valuable perspective. We don’t need a schtick, a title, or an empire to be relevant. At the same time, I am in a unique position, standing in the midst of both blessings and prolonged hardship, to be receptive to insights I did not have when life was more carefree. I’d like to write a bit about what I’ve learned from my husband’s cancer battle, how our family copes, and what gives me hope and inspiration.
This is one side of “who I am and why I’m here.” But what about the larger questions? When dealing with a series of challenges, I’ve found myself asking, “what is this all about?” and “what lasting good do I achieve by conquering the tests and trials of the day?” and, “what about when I fail?”
Discovering the answers is a process, and it’s personal. But I choose to believe there is a purpose; there must be hope. I intend to share my insights and discoveries as I go. I hope you’ll journey with me as I ponder what it means to be here in the present moment, no matter who you are, or how you got here.