MY BIG, FAT, HOLY-ASS VERSION OF WHY THIS BLOG?
BECAUSE IT’S MY LIVING EULOGY.
Long after I’m gone I want my daughter to be able to scroll this online album and read the stories that came through me.
I don’t know how long I have on this Earth, or how long I’ll be around to have an impact.
You have no idea how many times I looked at my dementia-laden, 80-something-year-old dad and tried to ask him about my childhood — what was my favorite toy? when did I start walking? what was my first word? what kind of temperament did I have as a kid? was I hard to handle (even then)? who the FUCK was I, people?
So, here I am, a mother and a wife — two titles I never wished to have.
Two titles I scoffed at and revolted.
Two titles I can’t imagine not having…now.
And because death is one of my biggest motivators in life, I want to share all I’ve got wrapped up inside my brain and soul to my daughter, my husband, my family…and you.
First and foremost I write for me.
I write because I sound way fucking better when I’ve filtered my thoughts through my fingertips and laptop.
I write because it’s all I’ve ever known since I was a wee little girl and I kept a diary with a key that I’m pretty sure anyone could pick the lock to.
Second, I write because, as The Vic (my Pops) would say, “I’ve been rode hard and put away wet.”
What that means is, I’ve lived a lot of life — heaps of it being cry-your-bloody-eyes-out sad and traumatic at too young of an age.
But you know what? I learned so damn much (and continue to learn on the daily) that I want to share it with anyone that feels like they need some inspiration and courage in their life.
So here I am.
Here you are.
Hanging out in this online galaxy we call the Interwebs.
I may have never written down my daughter’s first words, or captured enough candid pictures of her growing up.
But what I can do is impart to her what I’ve learned, my take on memories we’ve made (that she and I feel like sharing with the world) and my musings that will hopefully guide her through life.
Over here in my neck of the online woods you’ll hear me talk about courage, showing up in life, Alzheimer’s/dementia, death/dying, parenting, relationships, friendship, entrepreneurship, doing life your own damn way and everything in between that I feel can help a homie out.
Welcome to Keli Conci…A Crazy-Beautiful Life!