Old Delightful Chaos

My dearest and wickedest Leeanna, over at Can We Have a New Witch Ours Melted, wrote a post about how she can barely believe that she has been blogging for almost four years. I’m right there with her. This is my 1,154th post, and I’m fully conscious that I still have lots to run my mouth (fingertips?) about.

The other day, while in the arms of a feverish delirium inspired by the fury of the New York’s summer heat and a particularly severe fit of coughing, I came to the conclusion that I always have so much to say because, well… I tend to repeat myself. In an effort to proof myself right, I went back to reread some old posts… and some more… and you know what I figured out? I was half wrong.

It’s true that I still write about the same topics: words, storytelling, witchy living, social issues, minority group relations, diversity, nature… but I don’t write about them in the same way. My thoughts on each of the subjects have evolved. In some cases they are completely different from when I started blogging back in 2009. Five years doesn’t seem like such a long time, until I take into consideration the fact that I spent those years living in five different states and residing in about nine different addresses.

Some of the changes have been painful, others fun, each of them necessary. I guess it is life—we live, break some things, improve others and grow more into ourselves…   

I’m enjoying the process of rereading and examining some of my old thoughts, as well as your comments at the time they were published. When I get rid of this cold (soon, I think!), I will share the experience with you. I might even start working on that labeling project; the one I was supposed to have finished about a year ago *cough, cough, cough*.

Golden Memories - Lost Loves, by SunshineShelle

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  1. It amazes me how much we change without realizing it. It's not good to dwell on the past, but it is good to look back from time to time so we can see how much we've changed.

    I hope your cold is over soon, Hugs and good energies headed your way :-)

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    1. Great point, Ash. "It's not good to dwell on the past," but it's good to study it every now and again so that we can understand our future selves a bit better.

      Thanks for the good energies. This cold is finally letting go... very slowly, lol!

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  2. It's funny because I stumbled across a post recently, by a blogger I don't actually follow, giving advice on blogging, and one of her tips was to let a post go once it is published. She was saying forget it and move on to the next post and don't ever look back. I thought that was strange! And not in the good way! ;)

    I think there's plenty to learn from old posts, not least of which is seeing how we've changed and evolved over time. My bloggy has definitely transformed from a certain amorphousness to something that I feel is more representative of who I am and has helped crystalize ideas and goals for me along the way. It's interesting to review that from time to time.

    Congrats on your 1,154th post! Hope that cold of yours goes soon. ❤

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    1. What a strange concept, indeed.

      I've noticed some of the same things as you. I used to be more impersonal and guarded. Also, I had more difficulties giving shapes to my ideas. I like to see that now that isn't the case.

      Thanks for the get well wishes!

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  3. I look through my old journals from time to time and they strike me as word photographs - snap shots of my thoughts at a particular point in time. It's interesting to see what changes and what stays the same.

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    1. Exactly! In my snap shots, the hair remains huge and frizzy, but the smiles have grown bigger and more knowing. ;-D

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  4. Looking forward to those posts. For me, it is just 3 years. For me, the comments I got on my various post gave me new perceptions.....I am yet to re-read those posts. Thanks a lot for this post...

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    1. Comments are such an important part of blogging. I usually go back and read them, too. Some of them are just nice to read, but a few nudge me in particular ways.

      By the way, I stopped by one of your blogs and saw that you are reading The Bad Girl, by Vargas Llosa, how do you like it? I got it for my birthday and haven't read it yet. ;-)

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  5. My goodness. You got me thinking this morning. I discovered blogging in 2009. This will be six years for now. Some fresh ginger tea will knock that cold right out of you. Feel better soon.
    Mary

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    1. I need to get some fresh ginger. I usually do the ginger, lemon and honey, but this time I haven't. Silly witchy woman me!

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  6. Wow! So many posts! I think I've writen about 400 in the three years I've been blogging. I have some catching up to do! I often visit old posts on other people's blogs as well as my own, I think it's wonderful how people evolve and seem to have more to say as time goes on, becoming braver with the topics they share.

    Wishing your cold away <3

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    1. You are sooo right, we all begin like turtles--just showing our heads a bit and hiding it again if things get uncomfortable. I read some of my first posts, and they are all me... but a me who is no more. They seem to be so focused on just one topic that they read almost unnatural, if that makes any sense. I like writing that speaks of comfy souls. I guess I liked the same kind of writing before, but I didn't know how to do it five years ago, or I didn't know that I needed it.

      I like the way things are now. ♥

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  7. Blogging is definitely a form of journaling. As a teacher of journaling, and a great proponent of the the value of journaling on our psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual states, I tell people that is advantageous to look back on previous entries. It is a great way to see patterns of behavior and thinking, and from that distance it is easier to not be quite so judgmental with ourselves and make positive changes. It, also, shows us how fast time does go by! Love your posts, Magaly, new and old! Keep putting your words out there!

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    1. Looking at our past behaviors and reactions might be one of the best ways to understand that we'll always be able to move forward. I love that you say that looking from a distance helps us "not to be quite so judgmental with ourselves." It might even give us a healthy push when dealing with others, for we would be able to figure out that the things we thought would end our world are just another glitch on the path.

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  8. I recently posted a five year old post. It was the same except no horses, a well hubby and we both were working. Sometimes my ideas are so strange that I scare myself so I pull back a little in some posts and don't make it personal. I was reared with the old adage "Don't air your dirty laundry" and tend to lean toward just not mentioning some things...but I always have an opinion about something. I believe I am happiest with the simple things.

    Congratulations on your longevity. Hope to read many more.

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    1. I just giggled a bit because I can't imagine a post written by you without horses or at least some gorgeous creatures making things extra interesting. We all have strange ideas--I think most of mine make it to the post though, lol!

      When the simple things make us happiest, we stay happy often... The world is full of amazing simple things waiting to be noticed and played with. I'm always ready to oblige. ;-)

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  9. Good that your cold is getting better, I'm on the mend as well.
    As to your longevity......well thank goodness for all your thoughts and the fact that you looked back and see growth is a tribute to your intelligence. If we stay the same we are not growing or not challenging ourselves to be better.
    I for one am so blessed to have seen you evolve and yet be Ms. Magaly all the time. xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. You can say that again! My voice almost sounds like me and everything.

      The blessings are mutual, my beloved Oma. We've seen each other grow and change more and more into who we are supposed to be. And the process has been gloriously painful... and I know we wouldn't change a thing.

      Life happens and with happen with it in order to continue living. ♥

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  10. You are a chatty one! If I wasn't so cranky most of the time lately, I would be Prudence Puddleduck .
    Must be a case of growing old pains? Like stupid! there is know cure!
    Fortunately for all near me, my virtual friends keep my lid on ! Us gypsy bloods do find each other ! Don't we? xoxoDebi

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    1. Chatty one I am. ;-D

      I'm sure the cranky will let go of your hair soon enough, and our snarky diva will reactivate the Puddleduck zone. Life needs to be allow to happen. If not, she'll happen anyway and bring some hurt with the happening.

      There is a saying in Spanish: "The Divine makes them, and they get together." Yep, like calls to like... always. ;-)

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  11. What's going on with your other blog now..? It is off limits to me. Or is it removed?

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    1. I'm changing web hosts, so my other site will be down for a while. I shared it on this post.

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  12. Happy 1154th post :P it is so true, our thoughts and feelings evolve in subtle ways over time, even when we don't realize it!

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    1. And if we don't go back to look, we might lose ourselves in the subtleties.

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  13. I would love so much to take that trip down to memory lane.

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    1. Let's start stepping then! You know what? That post you wrote a couple of weeks back, about the friends who have stopped blogging, was one of the reasons that made me look back. ;-)

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  14. Your 1,154 blogs posts have chronicled your evolution through your Old Delightful Chaos. The Journaling, the Poetry ( especially the Haiki), The fabulous Fiction. I know and love you all the better for these things my dear Magaly.

    Only 1.154 posts? Only five years? Surely there is magick invovled.

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    1. I keep on getting inspired by extraordinary people... ♥

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  15. I've been blogging for over ten years. Sometimes it's fun to see how far I've come, and how much I've learned along the way. Sometimes it's embarrassing because I let myself be molded into a person I hardly recognize as myself, for a while. But it's a gift. It's a gift to see, laid before me, my path. It's a gift to reach out and have others reach back. Four years is a good long time. But, I can't wait to see what the next four hold for you.

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    1. Ten years! Wow! That is very impressive. But after reading a bit about your life (I spent about an hour lost in your world the other night) I see that you have so much to share. You've gone through so much, and still offer smiles--that is a gift indeed; one to be celebrated and followed. ;-)

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  16. Yes, I have my favourite themes too. I wonder sometimes if they're not getting stale but then I think "phucket." We have to amuse ourselves first, after all.

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    1. From now on, I shall use the word "phucket" in writing and speech. And when I do it in speech, I will pronounce it with an Amanda Palmer accent. ;-D

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  17. 5 years doesn't seem that long for us to change, but we do ;o) "we live, break some things, improve others and grow more into ourselves" How true! I don't know if I am so emotional today, because I saw Ray yesterday, or because my period started today! Maybe both! LOL! I love you Magaly and I am so happy we found each other in blog world ;o)
    (by the way, nothing happened!!!)

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    1. I am very happy we found each other. The world of blogging can get silly (even complicated with drama) at times, but the good friends we find along the way are worth everything; even the not so good friends we meet teach us all kinds of valuable lessons, and for that I'm thankful, too.

      P.S. Better have the lasso ready for the next visit. ;-)

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  18. I love this piece of sunshineshelle's! It's fabulous! I too find these words incredibly comforting..."we live, break some things, improve others and grow more into ourselves" . I think tomorrow will be a day for reflection and contemplation on my own evolution. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs and love!

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    1. "reflection and contemplation" make the earth move and shake. I can't wait to read about it! ♥

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