On the 1st of January this year, I commenced the challenge set by WordPress to bloggers around the world called Kick Off 2012 with Project 366. It began as a new page on this site called ‘Conversations with Kate’, a chat titled Day 1 of Project 366 and so on. It evolved like a small child grows, going in different directions and ending up as a chat with friends in a global kitchen, with a recipe being added from Day 28. The first recipe was simply called ‘Salad’! The last recipe, posted this morning was an Apricot Slice given to me by mum, written in her handwriting, and yesterdays was one written in my nan’s handwriting, and the page was renamed In The Kitchen along the way; a brand new blog In The Kitchen has also been set up to transfer and catalogue these recipes.
The first few weeks of ‘Conversations’ included topics like ironing, Business Activity Statements, nicknames, feelings about living with dementia, 21st birthdays, farming, parenting, childhood experiences, a special Aunty, and so much more. On re-reading some of the conversations with some of my global kitchen readers, it felt seriously comforting to be able to ‘recall’ these conversations simply because they are recorded here. At a lunch before Christmas, one person spoke in a very derogatory way about my blog; I felt a little unsettled by her negative comments, but realise she has never bothered to read it, and obviously does not understand the power it gives me in being able to go back over my own life, or the courage the many conversations with others enables.
On the 2nd of September 2011 I set myself a goal to write a daily blog every day. I missed 2 or 3 days, simply because I didn’t post properly or due to a WordPress glitch (I prefer the second reason!!), but I made up for them by adding more than one post on other days. My very first blog entry was 27 August 2011, and since 2 September 2011 I have posted 517 blogs or ‘Daily Digests’ in 488 days. This blog or website has become an academic resource in universities and e-leaming dementia courses and programs around the world. I feel proud of what I have achieved on my blog, and especially grateful to the people who read and follow it, and who let me know what they think or how they feel about what I write. Not everyone agrees with some of the things I have said; that’s okay… not all of us drive the same route to the next city!
Your sharing honours me; it makes me feel it is worthwhile continuing. Not just continuing to blog, but to keep working on ways to accommodate and overcome the symptoms of dementia. Last night I watched a Bio on Shirley MacLaine; she shares her whole life with the world through books, films, and other mediums, openly and with great gusto. She is not afraid of what others think of her beliefs or her lifestyle. Bob De Marco wrote about sharing on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, “Sharing allows each of us to unleash the inherent goodness that we each possess. By sharing little pieces of ourselves we improve the lives of members of the Alzheimer’s and dementia community around the world.” For me, sharing with others [you], and more especially having you share your lives and thoughts with me gives me strength, and the motivation to keep living life as if there is no tomorrow, honourably and openly.