Have you ever had a drive to do something and you knew that if you didn't do it, you'd explode (figuratively, of course)?
Why, yes I have.
That's how I've been feeling for months now. I have all of these thoughts and feelings clamoring around in my head, needing to be set free. And writing has always been a great way for me to express those thoughts and feelings. Something I have sadly neglected.
Wouldn't a journal suffice?
For some things, yes. The thing is, not all of our thoughts, feelings, and even opinions, are meant to be kept within the bindings of a journal. We need to share them with each other. It takes a lot of courage to share like that. At least for me.
I have recently read two books that challenged me to do this very thing. The message in them was that we have to dare to go into the arena of life and say or do those things that are scary, to dare to fail, to make mistakes, to let people see us in our vulnerability. To face the critics, and not let them grind us into the dirt. To stand and lead in whatever humble way we can. That people need us to show up and speak up. If we don't share these parts of ourselves that are so internal and private no one even knows they are there, we become disconnected. We are meant to be connected.
I'm not arrogant enough to think that I'll write anything profound or earth shatteringly new here. In fact, for that very reason, it took me a long time to be convinced to bother. I have nothing new to say. It's all been said before. Then that inner voice reminded me that not everyone is touched by one single voice. Not everyone will relate to the same writing styles, or personalities. There are people out there who will relate more to how I'm sharing, than they would to another person sharing the same thing, but in their own way.
This is more about adding my voice to what's already being said. Sharing my perspective. One voice being added to many. Reaching whomever I reach. That's my purpose with this blog.
The Pursuit of Beauty
No matter how confident a person may seem, we all struggle with self image in various ways. (You can read more about my own experience with this on the My Story page). Every day we are exposed to messages from advertising, media, maybe even people we care about, telling us what it takes to be beautiful. We can feel inadequate, unattractive, and ashamed of our bodies and ourselves simply because we can't achieve the arbitrary and unrealistic standards others have chosen for us.
This needs to end. We need to take back the definition of beauty for ourselves and set our own standards. Rediscover the truth of what beauty really is and that it doesn't look the same for everyone. To love and accept ourselves as we are and strive to be better versions of ourselves, not someone else.
I want to create a place where we can support each other in doing just that. I'll be sharing my experiences, insights, and opinions and I hope that others will do the same. We can learn from each other.