Exactly two years ago, I embarked on the journey of starting this blog, The Point of Convergence.
I wanted to share how this blog has evolved since then.
At first, I wanted to dedicate this blog to the memory of my time growing up in Mexico. The more I wrote about those memories, the more I realized that I didn’t want to just continue focusing on those memories of long ago; otherwise I would run the risk of getting stuck in the past. So, I began to write about my life in the present and in the process of doing this I realized something.
In these past two years something really important and exciting took place in my life. This last Christmas, I was blessed with the opportunity to go back to the place where I grew up, San Luis Potosí. This is the place that I often find myself writing about, the place that has inspired me to continue writing despite everything going on in the world. It’s the place that inspired me to begin this personal blog from the beginning.
During that trip, I got to see my extended family and reestablish new relationships. I also visited those places that I yearned to see and which I often talked about in my blog. I realized many relationships with friends and family members won’t be able to just “pick up where they left off” and move forward. Some of those relationships will require more work and some might just have to be ended.
For a whole year, I wrote for this blog focusing on my life in Mexico. Then something unexpectedly happened in my life that was very unfortunate and made me reevaluate the focus on this blog; my stepdad passed away on April 13, 2019. During that month I didn’t have time or the energy to write a blog post. I had one ready to publish before he passed away, but chose not to publish it. Because he was important to me, I felt like I needed to take time to mourn the passing of my stepdad.
It was his passing that caused me to redirect the focus of my blog. I decided to include a post dedicated to his memory. For the first time, I wrote about my life in the present. It was as if my writing took a detour in that moment; it became a turning point. The passing of my stepdad also made me realize that although it is important to have closure and heal from past hurts, it is also important to live in the present because spending too much time reminiscing about the past may cause your present life and any beautiful moments in it to pass by right before your eyes.
After this event, I also began including God in my writing. God is an important part of my life, so why not include Him and give Him credit for the things He has done for me?
This year in 2020, two years after I began this blog, another major event is taking place right now as I am writing this; the epidemic of coronavirus, which has taken the entire world by surprise.
While reflecting on these events, some that brings us tears and some that brings us joy, I find comfort and wisdom in what the Bible says about life in the book of Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,” (Ecclesiastes 3:4,5).
We are to enjoy life as it comes, with its ups and downs, and embrace every moment, even the sad ones. Through my writing in this blog, God made me realize that living in the present doesn’t mean suppressing all of our past hurts, including mourning and grieving the loss of our loved ones. It doesn’t mean that we are not to mourn for the things that we lost or didn’t have a chance to do. But that perhaps we can deal with it a little bit at a time by dedicating some time to those things that have left us without closure. Then the rest of the time, we can make an attempt to enjoy the present and create new memories. Otherwise, life will pass you by in an instant, not realizing that you spent all that time reminiscing about what once was and is no more.