Okay, so I originally had a survey to post today…but I read an article that completely inspired me to write a post on it. Don’t you love it when that happens? I follow @ThoughtCatalog on Twitter. From what I gather, it’s a bunch of columnists who pretty much blog about whatever they want on a daily basis. Can you say #dreamjob? Most of the time, it’s funny stuff (songs written by Taylor Swift’s exes…) but occasionally, I find something thought-provoking and substantial.
I think my timing in reading this is especially important – I feel like we connect way more to things when they’re especially pertinent. This past weekend, I was completely surprised when a couple of my sorority sisters mentioned reading my blog daily (I’m looking at you Patty and Ellie). At first, I was slightly embarrassed when they told me. It’s like I thought everything I post on here is private. They know what I’m up to, what I’m eating, how far I’m running, what I did this past weekend, the list goes on.
Then, I remembered why I started my blog. It was meant to be a personal diary of sorts where I could get my thoughts out. Writing has always been my thing, but the old pen and paper method is a bit out of date. Plus, blogging gives me the ability to combine photography (another hobby of mine) with writing. The perfect combination. Recently, my blog has gotten much more personal and I feel completely comfortable expressing my feelings to my computer and the rest of the world.
That’s where the article comes in. The author talks about how rare it is these days where people actually allow themselves to be “raw and vulnerable.” We hide behind our phones with all their applications, social media networks, e-mail capability, and whatever else. Heck, it’s even weird for some people to talk to someone on the phone these days. Here’s one of my favorite quote from the article:
“You don’t get anything you want by subscribing to the social rules of today. You remain frozen and in perpetual fear that you’ll come off as ‘crazy’ to someone, you’re unhinged, you are officially seen as someone with no filter.”
He’s right, though. Why are we afraid to tell people how we really feel? Why can’t we just be honest with ourselves and everyone else and be who we are? I think people are far too concerned with impressing others, constantly comparing themselves, and trying to one-up someone else. What’s the point of that? It’s a constant job. Guess what? Being yourself requires ZERO effort. And people will probably like you even more.
“You know what comes naturally to human beings though? Being open, being messy, being raw, being unfiltered, having lots of feelings. Why should we have to stifle our true nature? Let’s go after the things we want, let’s love each other brutally and honestly, and not worry about the consequences.”
So, yes. I use this blog to get my true feelings out. I realize that by doing this, I am completely vulnerable, and that’s scary. In the end though, I know I’ll be able to look back on my time at college and beyond with no regret because I was me. I don’t, and never plan to be anyone other than me.
Well that was a bit heavy! I thought I’d include a picture today…so here’s me yesterday with my “I’m so happy not one, but ALL of the baristas at Starbucks know my order” face.
Don’t even worry about my intense fly aways. I don’t even bother to pin them back anymore, I embrace them.