thickening my skin…

It’s funny sometimes, knowing how and when, and what, to blog about. There are days when my thoughts would be better left unsaid, and still others when I would love to share the personal journey I am on, but refrain for fear of hurting or offending those who are teaching me my life lessons or may think it’s about them, even if it’s not. A good friend encouraged me once to simply write on whatever was on my heart, and as long as I didn’t blast the other person personally or name them, that’s what bloggers do;

Observe. Ponder. Write.

Historically,  I have offended a couple of people who felt that my posts were specifically about them, and so I’ve become hesitant. But here is the conflict with writing from a position of fear – it’s no longer authentic. The reality is that if people can relate to it, or feel an emotional response, my writing has done what it is supposed to.

No reaction is no bueno.

At the end of the day, we are all on this journey through humanity together, and as much as we often can feel isolated in our pain or struggle, most of us can relate to one or more struggles in another on a regular basis. At any given time, my own struggles, frustrations, triumphs or epiphanies could possibly also be attached to any number of people. We are all in the same boat.

So 2013 is going to be year of authenticity. And, perhaps, an opportunity to thicken my skin a little.

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