The past 2 1/2 years of blogging have been wonderful! I never imagined myself as a blogger, in fact, I didn’t even understand that blogging was more than a way to share recipes, and travel pictures for family and friends. Wow, I was so wrong! I absolutely enjoy bloggers who share recipes and travel adventures. I look forward to reading their posts and make a point to follow as many as I can.
I didn’t think I would find myself in the niche of mental health blogging. Maybe it’s not really a niche. Maybe my posts just fall into that category because that’s what I know and that’s the part of my life I share in my posts. The mental health community that has become a big part of my life.
Writing and connecting with so many other bloggers from around the world has opened my eyes to something I feel like I know for sure: We all want to feel happiness, we want to be seen and we want to be heard. Whatever that looks like or feels like is completely individualized.
We found a community. It’s open and it grows and is inclusive. The country where we write from, the time of day or night, the topics from just a hello, to deep thoughts and feelings are welcome. People are interesting…we may not think we are, but we are! We are also transient.
I found myself thinking about that transience a lot the past couple of days. We weave in and out of each other’s lives by virtue of a post. We cheer each other’s victory’s, good recipes, beautiful pictures, job search’s, and day-to-day musings. We provide support for our health issues, our fears, our struggles, and our disappointments. We write opinions and comments, and “likes’ when we want to make sure that “you” have been seen and heard.
It doesn’t really matter to me if we have been following each other for two years or two days, I find I’m invested. I have a full life outside of blogging, and I’m also a blogger. If I didn’t find a connection, I wouldn’t be doing this. I take the time to read through the posts, as I hope people take the time to read through mine. Sometimes we find a solid connection, sometimes it’s fleeting, sometimes it’s just a respectful read.
I understand the transience of social media and blogging. I understand the impermanence of people coming in and out of our lives. Some of them become our teachers, some of them become cautionary tales, some of them we find are our neighbors and we become friends. It’s a strange and wonderful world.
As I find myself thinking the last few days of bloggers who have passed away or those who have simply moved on to other things in their lives, or the ones who have cried out for help and went silent, I find myself feeling a sense of peace. For a moment in time, we have provided each other (whether your following is 1 or 10,000) with a way to be seen, be heard, and to connect.
Thank You to all who take the time to follow me!