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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Reason Behind My Absence...Sort Of

I think it's been a while since I last wrote in this blog.  Well over a month, in fact.  This has actually been the first time I've actually had time to sit down and compose something after the last month of pure hell.

Yes, that's the reason why I have been staying away for so long.  Sometimes life has a way of smacking you in the face, kicking you in the stomach, and stealing all of the money in your wallet.  That's kind of what happened to me this past month.

(Well, not LITERALLY, of course.)

Now, I can't quite go into specifics about what happened too much because it's still somewhat of a private matter within my family.  The only thing that I can say at this time is that not long after my last entry (which was October 9th), one of my family members was involved in a major accident, and they were hurt really badly.  At that point, my priority became less about the blog and more about helping them get through the ordeal.  It was quite the traumatic experience for all involved, but I am happy to report that despite some setbacks, they are well on their way to recovery. 

Sometimes it takes an event like that to make one really re-evaluate their priorities in life.  And that's essentially where I have been the last month.  I have had to step up and help take care of things while my family member recovers from their injuries.  Most of my free time in the earliest part of this ordeal has gone towards trying to keep things together.  Balancing that with a full-time job makes it even more challenging.

The one thing I can definitely say though is that this experience has really shown me what true friendship and loyalty really is.  From people sending their well-wishes, and to the family pitching in to support each other, to random acts of kindness from acquaintances to make sure that we were all taken care of.  Given that we're getting into the holiday season, it's something that we can all really appreciate.

Besides, I think some of you can understand that lately I've felt a little bit of writer's block, and that I have been having a creative lull.  I guess it's something that all writers go through at some point, but it was a source of frustration for me.  It was like, I love to write, but have I run out of stories to tell?

I suppose that as much as I didn't want it to be like this, and that I wish that my family member didn't get hurt, in some weird way, it was the catalyst to figuring things out.  I needed to take some time away from the blog to really figure out what I want out of it...what I want to tell people.  How to make A POP CULTURE ADDICT'S GUIDE TO LIFE entertaining again.  2017 has definitely been my biggest year of self-reflection yet, and while I could definitely use a do-over of everything after October of this year, it has helped me understand that sometimes it is okay to take some time away to help others get through tough times.

Fortunately, I have come up with a way that I can end the year on a good note.  While this may be my only post for the month of November, I've already got plans for the 2017 POP CULTURE ADDICT'S ADVENT CALENDAR.  I won't spoil too much, but it will have to do with music. 

Thank you all for reading this post.  Believe me when I say that while I needed this break away, I did miss all of you.

Take care, and I will see you in December...or maybe earlier than that.  I haven't decided yet.