This post is the assignment for Blogging 101. (Yes, I’m still behind.) The assignment was to expand on a comment I’d left on a blog (which was the day before’s assignment – to comment on four blogs that I’d never commented on before). Well, there were two posts that grabbed my attention. So I’m expanding on both of them. One of them’s here, and the other here. Both on the same blog.
Firstly, I am not an open person. I blog and write under a pen name to protect my real life identity. Partly because, as I said in my comment on one blog, there are things I want to express that I’m not ready for my family/friends to know yet. I feel like I want to experiment with being who I really feel I am before I show them. If that makes sense?
I process my thoughts and feelings through writing. It has been a great therapy for me over the past year. Writing has given me hope of a brighter future. It’s made me feel like I can do something worthwhile, and it’s reconnected me with a part of myself I thought I’d lost.
I am currently in the process of trying to build a life for myself. Writing is central to that. I am not a brave person, or a confident person, or a “together” person. But these are some of the things I’m working on.
To put your life back together after it has been torn apart by illness, or betrayal, or a major loss, or one of the many other catastrophes that can strike a life down, is incredibly difficult, and I am always inspired by anyone who succeeds in it. I look at those people and feel like, if they can do it, why can’t I? At least I do on my good days.
Writing gives me hope and freedom. Reading gives me inspiration and escape. Dreaming give me hope and motivation for the future. That’s the reason for my tagline. These are the things that keep me sane. And that I think is the key to life. Find what keeps you sane and cling on to it.