I don’t reblog often, but, I love Kurt Vonnegut and his advice here is priceless.
Hi, my name is Alecia.
I made a promise to myself when I graduated from college (many moons ago) and this blog is my attempt at keeping that promise. The promise was to become a writer. The day I graduated I was bold enough to declare to all of my family and friends that I was going to write the next “great American novel.” A lot of things have happened since my graduation, “that” wasn’t one of them.
I have worked in a multitude of professions, some of them somewhat dubious, some of them amazing. However, no matter how “amazing” my positions may have been, or how many promotions I have received, I never found that sense of fulfillment that came with writing. I never will until I write.
There are many reasons that I made choices that undermined the actual pursuit of my dream. Over time, I hope to address those things in this blog. Self sabotage came as easy to me as breathing is reason enough for now. But, deep in my heart, I always held on to the belief that someday, somehow, I would make that dream a reality. I never totally gave up on it. I think that it’s appropriate that the time to “live the dream” is right now. I believe that the place is right here because the dream has evolved a little.
The name of my blog is: “The Body….Eclectic.” First of all, the name is a “play” on “I Sing The Body Electric” the first line of the poem by the same name written by Walt Whitman and included in his tour de force, Leaves of Grass. In the poem Whitman expounds greatly on the magnificence of the human body. For my purposes, “body” refers to the accumulation of creative works performed in a lifetime or, at least, to date by me or any individual. “Eclectic” alludes to the idea that individual creativity is rarely limited to one form of expression. I may write a beautiful poem one day and bake the perfect cake the next. I may never write a poem but I may create an extraordinary mosaic rock garden in my back yard. The ways that we create and express are endless and that is what I want to focus on and celebrate in this blog.
I also chose this name as another “play” on “I Sing the Body Electric” only this time it refers to the song by that name featured in the 1980’s film Fame. I specifically mention this because the sentiments in the lyrics strongly match my own. I believe that “becoming” our true selves is a life long work in progress. I come to this blog at this time with the experiences of my lifetime so far. I have certain “truths” to share. One of the most important revelations that I have finally been able to accept as my truth is that: I don’t have to write the great American novel to be a “real writer.” I just have to start writing and never stop.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out, and I hope that you will visit this blog and enjoy the time that you’re here. I am totally new at this. I welcome any suggestions that you may have for me on how to improve or enhance the experience you had on my blog. I value your input.
I leave you with some of the lyrics that inspired, in me, the name for this blog.
I sing the body electric,
I glory in the glow of rebirth.
Creating my own tomorrow,
When I shall embody the earth.
And, I’ll serenade Venus,
I’ll serenade Mars,
And I’ll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time,
Yes, in time, we will all be stars.