Welcome to the unique world of me. It’s about to get weird up in here.
I love the fact that I am a unique person, unlike any other in every way but like so many other people in a lot of single ways. I believe that sharing stories is valuable for a hundred reasons but there are four that drive me to begin this blog: relatability, perspective, authenticity, and new connection opportunities.
1. It gives you something to relate to
One of the things that connects humans most powerfully to each other is shared experiences. Relating to one another. Knowing that someone else has felt what you feel. And one of the most dangerous roads to go down is thinking that you are alone, the only outlier to feel or experience what you have. As someone who has dealt with depression for many years, I know intimately what the latter is like and it is my hope and prayer that no one else has to feel isolated in that struggle. Hopefully some shared thought processes, experiences, and feelings help you know that you are not alone!
2. It expands your perspective
No two stories are exactly the same, and it’s extremely important to expose yourself to the deeply different worlds of others. Being able to put yourself in another’s shoes, understand their motives, and appreciate their experiences allows you to grow an invaluable skill: Empathy. Empathy breeds compassion and compassion allows you to love others well. We could all stand to grow in that area.
3. You can practice authenticity
I know that some people process “internally” and some “externally” whether by talking or writing, etc. But somewhere along the way, I think it is important to invite others into the process and share your story authentically. Now I’m not saying you should bear your soul to the internet in the midst of your worst day because, let’s face it, the internet can’t hug you and then your darkest rants will be in cyberspace forever. Not ideal. But being able to share your experiences in an honest, appropriately vulnerable way is another important skill. Allowing others to know you builds trust on both parts and, believe me, it’s a small risk for the reward of community.
4. New friends might be waiting in the wings
This is simple, but you never know when you are going to meet someone with whom you could become friends! The internet is a unique platform too because it laughs in the face of distance and life circumstances. You have the chance to meet thousands of people you otherwise would never have come into contact with.
So here I go, launching this blog to share my life with you. If you connect with something or learn to look at something differently from a post, please comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!