I’m Gabrielle. Maybe you’re a stranger who randomly stumbled upon this. Maybe I already know you and you’re here to support me, or to creep on me, or just to see what I’m up to. But whoever you are and however you got here, thanks. I’m glad you’re here.
It’s 2019, and there are millions of blogs out there on millions of topics. So why am I starting one? Honestly, I’ve asked myself this question a lot, so much so that it’s kept me from doing it for about three years now. I told myself that people won’t read it; that people will think it’s stupid; that I have nothing to contribute. But this year, the real me got tired of the self-doubting me, and I started off the year with a new motto: why not me? Every time I think to myself that I can’t do something or I’m not good enough or I don’t deserve it, I force myself to consciously ask, why shouldn’t I be the one to get this job? Why can’t I rock this trendy outfit? Why can’t I run this half marathon? Why shouldn’t I start this blog? Other people are doing all of these things every day.
So I decided to go for it. The worst that could happen? No one reads it, and it’s an outlet for me to get my thoughts down on paper. And best case scenario? Someone else in this world feels like they are less alone because of something I shared. I might look back at some of this and cringe like it’s my live journal from 2004, but so be it.
The Wing and the Wheel is a song by a folk singer named Nanci Griffith that my parents listened to when I was little. She has this sweet soothing voice and a Texas accent that I find so comforting, and on one of her live albums she gives a lot of long introductions. When I was a kid, I would listen to it to fall asleep at night (on a very large Sony stereo system with a five cd changer, yes you read that right FIVE). In the intro to the song, she says “Sometimes in life we look around at one another, and become very complacent. And this is a song that I wrote to two friends of mine that reminded me in the most glorious way that there’s no need for any human being to ever be complacent.” To me, the song is about not taking life for granted; about experiencing every moment and appreciating every gift that life gives us, before the wing and the wheel carry them away.
And that’s why I wanted to start this blog. I want to talk about the good stuff, and the hard stuff, and the things that bring me joy. I want to share stories and hear stories that help us to appreciate life and all it gives us and to make sure that it isn’t just passing us by. I hope you’ll stick around.
ps. If you’re interested, you can find the full lyrics and audio for Nanci Griffith’s ‘The Wing and the Wheel’ here.