Of all the things I’ve wanted to do via 43Things, this is by far one of the most troubling. It’s not that I find it difficult in and of itself to complete. But rather that I have no idea of how to go about doing it.
I’ve always wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives, whether that was being a physician or a good friend. I wasn’t concerned with celebritism or accolades because at the end of the day, none of that really matters. Not to me anyway. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day is just a great a feeling.
So I’ve pondered the number of possible ways I could complete this goal, and none of them have really worked out for me. I thought about starting a motivational speaking seminar in my free time, but considering my schedule is already chock-full of errands and tasks, taking on something new wouldn’t be prudent. I thought about posting motivational videos, but there-in lies the same problem. Time. I know that sounds like an excuse, and you may be right. Actually, as I sit here and type this, I will admit they are excuses. No one said these videos or seminars had to be hours in length. I could record them in brief segments and post them later in the week. Truth of the matter is I’m afraid that pursuing either of these at this time would do more harm than good. I want to be sure I have the adequate amount of time needed to dedicate to this. I don’t want to tell someone I’m doing it to encourage and motivate them, and then only put forth a half-assed attempt.
So it was back to the drawing board, but not for long. I finally decided I would write my experiences and share them via what I’ve been referring to as a “web book” -which is basically posting the manuscript online via a website rather than as a downloadable ebook, PDF, or some other file format. This way, the “book” can be viewed from any device capable of displaying html webpages. It will also save me the trouble from having to format the manuscript to fit different formats. Or so I theorize.
I came up with the idea one evening while working on my memoir. I wanted to divulge more about the experience in the book, but I felt doing so would detract readers from the overall storyline. But I also felt that someone might want to know how and in what ways depression affected my life, and not just that I went through it. In a sense, my web books will offer all of the nitty-gritty background and back story details I wouldn’t be able to depict in the memoir itself.
I’m working on the websites, err web books, as I speak (type), and I’m aiming to have the first post uploaded by Mother’s Day, but it may be as late as June 1st. I have a lot of journals to sort through, and I want to share as many relevant details about my experiences as possible. But I’m sure with the support of friends and 43T members, I’ll meet my deadline. 1 month ago