It is 1:01 am of November 11, 2010 and I am wide awake. My desire to capture this moment in writing is much greater than the wish to go to a far away land where penguins dance and eagles sing. Right now, I do not wish for sleep to transport me to that place of serenity. My fingers are unstoppable in breathing life to the thoughts of my heart and passing it on to the screen. I can no longer contain the ideas and the possibilities that are welling up within me. I am roaring with passion. I am bursting with energy.
After the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit (MBS2) which I hosted with Migs Hipolito in 2008 at General Santos City, I thought of shifting from Multiply to Blogger or WordPress. I thought of being an active member of the SOCCSKSARGEN Bloggers. I thought of eventually getting a domain name and availing of web hosting. I thought of finding my niche and making a difference through my blog. But the thoughts just lingered in my mind.
I knew there is so much to write about Gensan and Mindanao. I knew I can write and inspire people with my words. But knowing and doing are different. I recognize that there is a disparity with what I really wanted to do with what I actually do. I have allowed the daily grind to get in the way of my blogging adventure.
The seed that was planted through MBS2 may have not shown any visible growth right away but the labor of Sir Avel Manansala was not in vain. All along, the ideas were brewing. The possibilities were expanding. All along, God was preparing me for greater things to come. He was changing my perspective. He was expanding my horizon. He was enhancing my capacity. He was shaping my character. All along, the seed was watered and nurtured.
After three years, my time has come! I can no longer stay in the confines of my safe and secure shell. I can no longer remain the same. I am bursting into the blogging realm. I am spreading my heart wide open. I am ready to share to the world what General Joana Grace Banting-Lapore has to say.
There is still so much to be done, so much to be shared. There is no time to waste. I am so fired up, I can’t stay silent. I am leaping forward and leading change!