my epiphany

Last night, I had an epiphany. It is about the direction where I want to take this blog, about myself as a person and as a writer. I’ve looked back at some of my posts on this blog and had a good laugh at myself. I realized that I may have come off as someone that I’m not. I don’t want you to perceive me as a stuck up “done it all – know it all” sort of guy.

First and foremost, I am a human. I certainly don’t know it all. And while I feel that I have done a lot and have valuable experiences to offer, I want to make sure that you understand me for who I really am. Take the title of this blog for instance. I’ve chosen the name Simpler Life Today, primarily so that it can serve as a reminder to me for what I seek in life.

My life is not always simple, or well balanced, or peaceful. I strive for these qualities daily, and often I succeed. But many times I have to remind myself that it’s OK to fail, if only for a while. I don’t like when things don’t go my way, but try to see these failures as guides, or lessons in humility. Something to understand and learn from. Still, in my essence I am an optimist and continue to believe in happy endings.

I’ve been trying to read a lot lately. I’ve read blogs by many people from many walks of life and lots of different personalities. The writers who touch me on the deepest level, are the ones who have the courage to open up in front of me (a complete stranger) and expose all of their flaws and shortcomings. I think this is truly beautiful.

I realized that in order to offer you my insights about life, I must be real with myself and with you. Being real in a sense of genuine openness. And though there are times when I actually know what I’m talking about, I don’t want to come off as an expert at anything. Feel free to use and apply my advise or to simply move on.

But if I was able to give you something to think about, some spark of inspiration to bring with you into your life, if I give you anything at all of value, no matter how small, then my purpose was achieved and I can justify writing another day.

I applaud those brave souls who are not afraid to shed their masks and show us the real person inside. This is a humbling experience, one full of inspiration. I too wish to be more real with my writing and my communication with you. I want you to get to know the real person who is living a real life.

I understand there will be times for instructional writing. This is fine because there are subjects that require instruction, and I’ll be happy to offer it. Other times, I hope to be able to just open up and be free. Let my ideas, my feelings and my inspirations flow. I like it better that way anyway, there is more creativity to it.

This is what I was thinking of last night, as I sat in my bed in the dark. The realization is a real liberating experience and a source of emotional release for me. Glad I was able to remember most of it! I should really try to get into a habit of keeping paper and pen by my side for the special moments like this.

In conclusion I want to thank everyone in the blogging community, who are a source of tremendous inspiration to me. Most of you don’t know me, but that’s OK, because I know you. I know you from reading your wonderful posts where you share your thoughts and ideas, your life’s victories and defeats. Your life is so incredibly unique, and yet so intimately related to each one of us, who live across this wondrous world!

Live well. Vlad

4 Responses to my epiphany

  1. adeline November 14, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Hi Vlad,
    this is Adeline, Enoch’s friend. I just followed your comment on her blog and found you here:) . I like your genuine writing style and enjoy your wisdom of life. I am a native Chinese girl. I also love writing, especially English writing and like reflecting on myself. I am trying to improve my English every day. I have a blog:, with both English and Chinese posts to records my life and some thinking. Feel free to email me suggestions or give me comments. Very nice to know you from your blog!


    • Vlad November 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Hi Adeline,
      It’s very nice to meet you. I’m glad you’re enjoying my writing, and thank you for your kind words. I am going to check your blog and will gladly share my thoughts with you. Take care!

  2. noch November 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    @Vlad – congrats! and incidentally, i reached a similar epiphany recently as i am redesigning my website. i just want to write!
    i look forward to reading your “rambles” :)

    @adeline – haha good to see you here, this is one of my favorite blogs, see u soon :)


    • Vlad November 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

      Thank you noch! I promise to do some rambling. :-) I love your site already, but look forward to the redesign.