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Het is so ver …

Or so the Dutch say in my adopted country of The Netherlands.  It means, ‘Something important is ready to happen.’  And so it is that I just start writing.  I’ve intended to do this for a very long time but various things have held me back.  Fears and doubts of all kinds.  That’s a particular issue with me.  I don’t deal with exposure easily.  I feel terribly vulnerable even in ordinary, everyday human exchanges.  Talking to the cashier at the grocery store is awkward and painful.  Even talking to the techie salesman at the computer store, where I know a thing or two, is difficult.

And here I am proposing to expose myself to the whole world.  Not that what I have to say might even attract much attention.  But it’s possible.  When kitten videos spread like viruses, anything can.

So, if it’s so hard, why do this at all?

Well, I just can’t help it.  I don’t know if I have anything valuable to say, but I think I do and the only way to know is to try … and deal with the consequences, whether they are friendly, critical, kind or mean.  The Internet is such a rich resource for nearly everyone.   But can also be such a harsh wasteland.

All I can do is try.

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