Two Years on Hubpages
I just realized I have been writing on Hubpages for over two years. It has been a journey in finding what makes me happy, what makes me sad, and what is most important to me. I have shared on Hubpages more than I have written any where else. Have I shared too much? Perhaps, but there are way more stories to tell.
Hubpages has substituted in the last two years for my journal. I have shared where I am from, my religious beliefs, where I currently live, feelings about my husband, father, mother, children and grandchildren.
I have told about my many travels to Tonga, New Zealand, Scotland, the islands of Hawaii, and America. I have also shared my feelings on issues like racism, annexation of Hawaii, ecosystems, social medicine, military service, green living, and animal rights.
You may have come to know of my affinity towards art (including painting, drawing and photography), technological gadgets, shopping, movies, music, food, home decoration and gardening.
If you have followed me for very long, you probably think I am a hypochrondriac since many of my hubs have had to do with health. I admit I spend way too much time dwelling on health issues, perhaps because I acquired Hep B and have had to take extra special care of myself. I also am concerned with my children and grandchildren and their health. Much of this preoccupation stems from my early employment in a hospital as well as always being around doctors and nurses (in my immediate family).
I have also shared on Hubpages quotes from some great books I have read, movies I have seen and artists that have inspired me.
Just like the rest of the writers, we are pretty ordinary people on Hubpages. We have favorite songs, movies, people, and places. But there is a big difference between writers and others. Most people have thoughts and feelings, but they don't do much about it. Their opinions, thoughts and feelings pass through them like air. Writer's react and write about them.
Since starting on Hubpages, I often get a thought or hear something interesting and immediately look for a piece of paper and pencil to write it down. I have hundreds of little notes to remind me of a time in space that I was inspired, and thought it might make a fine hub. But then life happens, and often the notes get lost in the shuffle. Occasionally I will make time to write what I remember about a certain experience, thought, feeling or cause.
My suggestion to, is to get a notebook to write down your inspirational thoughts in. Keep it close all the time, because you never know when something will catch your attention. If you merely think, oh, I will remember it and write about it later - that time may never come. Life is full of surprises! Make sure you write down your feelings and thoughts when they are fresh.
I like this saying by Alan Ashley-Pitt
You have two choices in life: you can dissolve into the mainstream or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be.
When I first came to Hubpages, I thought I had to keep my hubscore up, spend sufficient time in the forums, and have plenty of followers. I guess those things are nice, and they do affect your score, but the most important to me is to be true to who I am. Don't try to please others by saying what you think they want to hear. Don't argue with those who do not appreciate your take on life - you cannot change them. We all have the right to life, freedom of speech, and religion.
I know my life has been enriched from my experience here on Hubpages. It has made me more aware of my blessings. I appreciate those of you who have followed my continuing dialogue in an attempt to discover myself. Your positive feedback has encouraged me to keep writing. According to my feedback meters, I have received over 800 useful, 64 funny, over 500 awesome, 375 beautiful, and 38 interesting ratings from those who took time to read my hubs. All of this came from writing about my observations about my world. Life is amazingly grand!
Thank You Hubpages. Write On!
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