It Starts with Wanting to Help
I’ll be honest.
I’ve had the idea for TaraTrue for a long time and in my mind, it’s magnificent. Interesting. Meaty. Provocative.
Every time I run through my blog plan, it always starts with meaningful ideas. I know it will include spirituality and creativity and love. Not every aspect of those huge topics–just the parts that get us living with awareness and vitality.
And when I run through my plan, it always ends with the satisfaction I feel because I helped change people’s lives. Sometimes the fantasy is bold, like standing on a stage and accepting public recognition. Most often, however, it’s small, like a passing comment from a student.
But always, it helps people.
So I have some starting points and I have the end point but the problem is that I don’t know what comes in the middle. It’s vague. It doesn’t have a map. I mean, change people’s lives? How does anything do that? How do I get from practical tips to making a difference? Is that even possible?
In spite of all the plans and mind maps and inspiration boards I’ve created, I still don’t know what this blog is about. How in the world does a series of random thoughts and self-indulgent life observations become meaningful? How can this help anyone?
So that’s the first problem.
And then there’s the second problem: my skill.
What Do Meaningful Ideas Sound Like?
Currently, I am a professional writer. Previously, I’ve been a massage therapist, a health advisor, and a yoga student. I’ve been in therapy. I’ve chanted and meditated. I’ve read all the top-tier self-help, spiritual, and personal development books. Several gurus have blessed me. I’ve even been part of a spiritual community that my daughter lovingly refers to as our “cult phase.”
So I should be able to write about living meaningfully. I’ve searched for it my whole life. And on paper, it all adds up, doesn’t it? I have the street cred.
But when I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), what I produce is so, well, lacking.
I sound lame, trite, or even worse, I sound high–as in “Wow, man, when you think “I sound stupid,” who is the “I” and who is calling me stupid?” You know, stupid stoner talk. Not insightful, but moronic. And frankly, boring.
And that’s when Ira Glass‘ quote comes to the rescue.
I have to begin somewhere so here I am.
We’re on this road together. We’ll explore life and love and health. We’ll ask lots of questions and look for real answers. We will discuss meaningful ideas and talk about practical, everyday metaphysics.
This blog is not the “6 Simple Ways to a Deeper Life” blog because life is both simple and complex. Don’t expect the same ole stuff.
I don’t know that TaraTrue will be profound but I’m committed that it won’t just be noise.
And as a bonus, we’ll also have fun.
Welcome to TaraTrue