Starting something new is always difficult. I’ve had this space for over a year, and have never done anything meaningful with it. I have built and rebuilt the site twice, and each time I have been intimidated by the possibilities this space represents. I literally could have done anything I wanted with it but, I chose to craft a site dedicated to writing. While I enjoy the writing process, in some ways I am intimidated by putting my thoughts and musings in the ether for the world to see.

I’ve written before for other online publications, namely Train Wreck Gaming. However, when I wrote for them I always have a topic to explore. That is to say, I generally have a topic given to me, which in some cases makes writing easier. The thing about Active Musing is, it is all me. There is no agenda. I write whatever is on my heart, or whenever I have an opinion on something. Sometimes that freedom can be paralyzing. When writing for someone else, you do not have to worry tone, message, or appearance. All of that is predetermining. When writing for yourself, for your own site, it is a reflection of your persona. That can be challenging, especially when some of the things you wish to detail should be censored from the general populus. That is the difficult thing with writing for yourself, for the world to see. What is appropriate and what is not? Hence, this space has been barren since its inception.

I do not know what inspired me to sit down and finally put ink to the page. Perhaps, I felt it was time to put this space to some good use, instead of collecting dust. Who knows? What I do know is this: if I put my mind to something, I can accomplish anything. This is something I have wanted to start and accomplish for at least two years. A friend of mine recently shared an article with me which explores the concept of fun, and how we are doing it wrong. I won’t go into the details of the article here because, I am considering writing a response to it. In sum, the article suggests we are too focused on having fun, and less focused on being productive, trying our best, pushing ourselves beyond what we are comfortable with, etc. If I am being honest, recently I have been consumed with having fun, moving away from being productive. As much as I have wanted a to write, exploring the things I find interesting or challenging, I have been afraid of what those endeavors might yield, content to stay in my bubble. In a very real way, this post is the first step in challenging myself to push beyond my comfort zone, into the realm of the unknown.

I do not know where this journey of exploration will take me but, I invite you to join me as I explore various topics, issues, and ideas. More than that, dear reader, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and, do something you have always wanted to, but were afraid of.

Till next we meet.

Additional Note
This article was originally published in July 2015, when this site was originally conceived. I have since needed to rebuild it.