Vulnerability: I know exactly what it feels like to be nervous about going out and attempting something you really want to do, but don’t feel good enough to do. It’s possible that media has told you that this particular thing takes time and effort that you are unsure you have, or that you need more experience or schooling. Maybe even the people around you have not been so encouraging with what you want to pursue. I’m lucky to have friends and family who understand why I am continuing my education, even if it puts a big dent in finances. I know and they know that my future plans will be worth it twice over. The struggle that I understand overall is the pressures that we put on ourselves. The thing I struggle with most is comparing myself to others. We want to make our own voice heard in one way or another, but if we are introverted or have anxiety about being vulnerable, we tend to see ourselves as not enough. Especially when we look to others around our age who seem to have it all together. Another fear is being scared to put ourselves out in the open and be vulnerable when we have seen what some cruel people can do to others who are already living their dreams. Media has given us something beautiful, the ability to share, communicate, and experience things together as a community, but no matter what kind of community that you have, some might oppose that community. AND THAT IS OKAY. Lyrics from a song that I love and can really relate too is, “If I didn't know what it hurt like to be broken, then how would I know what it feels like to be whole. If I didn't know what it cuts like to be rejected, then I wouldn't know the joy of coming home. Maybe it's okay if I'm not okay.” ‘Maybe it’s okay’ by We Are Messengers. How do you feel about this subject, or these lyrics?
No one is alone on this planet. We all have a place where we belong. There are plenty of places you can reach out to if you feeling overwhelmed or need help. What I want to do with my presence online, is to make an easy place where anyone can come and be a part of a community that is all about love and understanding. No sad headline news articles, no hate or discrimination, just a community of hugs, understanding and advice, as well as the final goal, laughing and loving together. This is my first real attempt at getting my voice out into the world of our technology-based lives. I also want others to feel as if they can do the same thing, despite being shy or being told they can’t do it. (will be discussed in another post.) I want to be able to start the ball rolling on different topics so that people feel more comfortable talking to others about difficult things they are going through. I hope by me giving personal examples that I have faced and that people I know have faced, that everyone will feel encouraged to get out of their shells and reach out for help or just feel more comfortable with themselves. A quote I have always held with me since my first boyfriend told me about has been, “Happiness is like a Butterfly; The more you chase it, the more it will Elude you, but if you turn your Attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your Shoulder.” -Henry David Thoreau.