To blog; means to put oneself out there for others to see, to criticize, to relate to, to maybe even bond with. It means knowing something or doing something that others can benefit or learn from. It also means being able to tactfully, possibly artfully, and definitely tastefully, respond to comments you were’t prepared for and being able to answer questions about the subjects you have mentioned.
To tell the truth, never before have I been able to do all that. So the question is, “Why am I able to accomplish this now?” My answer would have to be, “I’m no longer afraid.” Afraid to be criticized, afraid to answer questions, afraid to open myself up to anyone who wants to indulge themselves with my musings.
I’ve been writing for a long time. Many, many years. Most of my writing, I just threw away, thinking that no one would really be interested in what I had to say. However, several years ago there was a positive change in my life and I have since come to feel that I should have more trust in myself. More self confidence. I have actually been able to adjust my attitude to include those traits. At least, I’m no longer afraid to try. This, my friends is why I’m here. To share my writing, my stories, and to say, “If I can, you can.” Maybe for you it isn’t writing. Maybe what you want to accomplish is entirely something else. But, whatever it is, you’ll never know what you could have done, unless you adjust your attitude and say, “I’m not afraid to at least try.”
Now that I’ve said that, I’m about to open myself up to be scrutinized by any one who reads my blog. What I have to remember is, it’s just one persons opinion and everyone’s opinion of what I do will be different. That doesn’t mean they are right or wrong. It means, we can differ in what we think, share those thoughts, and move on while choosing on our own accord, whether to implement any change in our thoughts and attitudes. Another persons thoughts can’t hurt me. Another persons ideas don’t have to change mine. We can learn from listening to others but also by believing in one’s self. I’ve learned to believe…..can you? Oh, and by the way. I’m no spring chick. It has taken me a lifetime to come out of my protective shell and want to open up just a little bit. My hope is that, someone reading this won’t have to wait that long. Maybe some one will learn from what I have shared in my posts. This would please me to no end.