The question of why I blog comes up often. A few years ago, I had a friend who started posting her blog on Facebook. I was addicted, waiting to read it every day. How brave and bold to put your genuine self out there for the world to see. The confidence to just be, with no apology or concern for what anyone thinks.That is how the seed was planted and there was no turning back.
Shhhh. Hush. Don’t tell was the motto when I was growing up. I was taught to keep my troubles to myself. The whole world does not need to know everything about you, my mother would say. Sorry mom!
Deep down, I was longing to connect. I wanted to share my stories, my life with people who were willing to share their lives with me. I had so much to say and no one to listen. I became consumed with the thought of having my own blog and finally the day came when Anewperspectiveperhaps was born.
For the first time in my life, I allowed myself to be vulnerable and although it was a little scary, it was also very freeing. I found my wings and I was ready to fly. I still remember how nervous I was to push publish for the first time.
Blogging changed for me over time. I had a message and I wanted to spread it to as many people who would read my words. What I didn’t expect was how much I would connect with other bloggers. They are an amazing community. They are a combination or respect, compassion and support and we all could use more of that. Their kindness and encouragement surprise me every single day in the most amazing way.
So how long will I continue to blog? Probably until I run out of words and I have a feeling that won’t happen anytime soon.
My blog is a little like therapy I guess. It is there to listen but allows me to figure things out on my own. It is a place I feel safe to be who I am and discover ways to be a better me. It is self examination, a sponge to soak up my pain and a lifetime journal to keep my most precious memories in a place I can find them when my memory gets weak. My passion for writing grows a little more every day. In a way, my blog has become my closest friend. She speaks, I listen. I speak, she listens. We are one and the same and I’m so grateful I found the courage to take that leap of faith.