I debated titling my final blog "The Fat Lady Sings," but since I am still carrying my holiday weight from last year's overindulging, it just felt a little too close to home. Quite honestly, I really don't know how to close this eight-year run of Wednesdays with Susan. But since I am never at a loss for words, here are a few things I have learned, often unexpectedly, on this journey.
First and foremost, I am most grateful for the life lessons it has brought me. In order to come up with topics each week, I had to learn to listen better, observe more, and be willing to take a good hard look at myself. The truth is that writing about the areas that I need to work on personally and professionally made me more comfortable with being vulnerable and created an accountability to self-improvement. Letting the public know you screw up regularly as a leader, a mother, a friend was like going through therapy weekly.
I am also incredibly grateful for the loyal readers for all these years. When I started writing, I never imagined people (other than my family who really had no choice but to read each week) would be interested in what I had to share. In many ways, not caring about how many people read or responded gave me a freedom to write in my own voice without fear of being judged. This in itself has given me courage in so many different areas of my life. What a great unintended result!
As of today, I am not sure what the future holds for writing. I still have a half-finished book sitting on my hard drive that may see its way onto paper some day, or maybe I'll change direction altogether and decide that it is finally time for me to learn how to cook (doubtful)!
Most importantly, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to the many of you who gave me great ideas to write about each week and encouraged me when I wanted to give up. A special thank you to my brother-in-law who patiently waited each week to fix all my mistakes through his edits and held me in check to ensure I wasn't too inappropriate. To my family, who gave me the time to commit to getting 300 words on paper each week and the many others who helped get Wednesdays with Susan out to the readers.
It is has been a great ride. I am not saying goodbye, but rather, see ya later!