Monthly Musing – December 2020 – Happy birthday!
Winwick Mum was 10 years old this year.
It was in August, to be precise, but in the gradual way that Winwick Mum started as a column in our local church magazine and has grown to fill my every waking thought as a blog, books, yarn and sock patterns, it feels quite natural to be talking about an anniversary a few months later! And besides, as we reach the end of this peculiar year, it’s quite nice to have something to celebrate!
I had absolutely no idea, all those years ago (when even the thought of writing something to be published for and read by my local community filled me with some kind of terror) that I would be feeling extraordinarily grateful that my husband said “What a great idea!” when I showed him the request in the church magazine for some extra content and said I thought I could write something, and telling you now that 10 years have passed and I am still writing my Monthly Musings. I certainly had no idea that writing my musings each month (and not being tapped on the shoulder in the village shop by someone who though they were terrible!) would help me to feel brave enough to publish them online as a blog, which later became far more about socks that I would have ever thought, led to friendships I never dreamed of and opportunities I never imagined.
Not all of us are born fearless, for many of us it’s something that we have to learn and I still spend a lot of time telling myself “Just do it!”, whether it’s pressing “send” on an email, picking up the phone or deciding that I’m going to try something new. I do believe it is something that we can learn, though, and that’s why I try my best to encourage other people to be fearless when they can – whether it’s my girls or my husband wondering whether to start something new or whether it’s someone about to cast on their first pair of socks. Looking back over the 10 years of Winwick Mum, I can see how I’ve got past many fears of my own – and even more wonderfully, seen other people do the same. It’s been amazing!
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but one of our favourite Christmas films is The Polar Express and one of my favourite lines in the film comes right at the end when the conductor tells the small boy, “One thing about trains: it doesn’t matter where they’re goin’. What matters is deciding to get on”.
I will be forever thankful that I decided to get on the train the day that I emailed the church magazine editor about an idea I had, and forever grateful that you are now all here with me. Here’s to the next 10 years!
You can find the Monthly Musing archive here, although I must warn you that it’s not up to date … a job for next year! 😀
And we had snow this morning, so although this photo is nothing to do with happy birthdays, it is very definitely to do with a happy me!