It’s 9:45am on a Tuesday. I’ve locked myself in this dark bedroom, trying to recover from this wretched virus. In an hour and a half we’re all due to see our GP because God help me if I have another sleepless night with asthmatic, spewy twins.
I have still yet to unpack my bags from PB Event 2013.
And here I am, blogging.
But as always, the Problogger keynote presentation was so inspirational, I was going to burst with so much emotion. Seriously. How can one’s words be so moving, you feel like a rocket ready to take off to the moon and beyond.
Trey Ratcliffe was one speaker who left that effect on me. In fact, I was sobbing like an idiot.
Among the many poignant points he made about blogging, it was his encouragement to face your fears and to never be afraid to break the mould in speaking your truth.
I know for myself, in the early days of blogging, I wrote very differently to how I do today.
I can’t say I never spoke my truth. But the depths of retrospect were definitely still at the skim of the surface.
And while I never consciously thought so back then, I’m sure I had a fear of what people would think of what I had to say.
But as Trey reminded me, this blogging gig – beyond anything – is a journey of self-discovery.
Your blog is like a shovel, you find yourself digging deeper and deeper into the search of your passions; finding how to perfectly articulate deep, complex emotions; figuring out who out there not only “gets you” but 100% truly has your back.
And yeah, sometimes people won’t like you’re truth. In fact, they may rob your words, even steal your entire blog away from you.
But don’t think for a minute, you won’t survive the hate, angst and vitriol.
“Don’t be concerned with what others think of you. People who want to be in your world will softly come in…create your own circle of love…”
For those against you, there will no doubt be double, triple fold who support you.
Having come home to a sickly family, with early morning trips to the children’s hospital and just dealing with a generally shitty time after an awesome 2 days at a conference, I’m overwhelmed by the sweet messages from all of you, telling me and my family to take care; that you’re all sending hugs and well wishes.
And I know, in fact I’m certain, I have my circle of love.
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