I have been thinking about this blog for so long. This was a dream of mine for a good couple of years-yes, years! For as long as I can remember, I have gotten in my own way. I have remained quiet when I wanted to speak up, have burned with deep conviction about certain issues and kept my unique perspectives to myself. Oh I have written many things, but mostly kept them to myself. I hesitated for a long time, thinking I would start sharing these essays and poems when I knew more about blogging, writing, publishing, etc. The truth is, I was afraid. Afraid to fail and make a fool of myself. Afraid of what others might think. Afraid I was not good enough at writing or navigating the set-up.
Here’s the trouble with perfectionism: It can silence your own voice. It can lie to you and tell you that you don’t even have a voice. It can ruin your life and rob you of so much more you could be enjoying! I know this, because I let the pursuit of perfection keep me from trying new things for many years. Since I turned forty (five and a half years ago), I have taken on many new hobbies and found interests that give me so much joy. Had I kept on being afraid to fail, I wouldn’t get to enjoy these new things. I may not be perfect at everything I do, but that will not stop me from living my life and having fun along the way.
So this blog is me, letting my voice be heard. I will share blogs mainly about adoption, grief and loss, aging and spirituality, anxiety/depression, advocacy for seniors and orphans. Some of it will be “heavy” and some, more lighthearted. Some of it will share spiritual truths I learned through my own experiences. I will share pieces of my story related to all the above, hoping that many of you will be able to relate to some of it.
I am writing for anybody that has ever felt voiceless. I know I am not the only one. Even though I have experience with the topics above, I am just now learning about blogging for the first time. Come along on this journey with me!
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