This must be the week of the quotes! I've obviously been thinking too much lately!!!
I loved this quote the first time I saw it. It fits me perfectly. I've always been a "what if" person. What if I try this and it doesn't work the way I want it to? What if the weather is bad? What if the car breaks down? What if I'm not in good enough shape? What if I say [insert any given comment of the day] and people think I'm weird? What if I get embarrassed? What if I start this blog and no one gets it? What if I post about [insert any given subject matter] and people think it's stupid? What if my friends don't understand why I'm doing this? What if my family doesn't understand?
That all seems kind of childish, doesn't it? It does when I really start to think about it.
That's why this quote means so much to me. At the end of the day, we should all do things that make us happy...not what makes other people happy, or makes them like you better. I always admire and appreciate people more when they are themselves. I have been around so many friends, acquaintences, co-workers, etc. over the years that seem so confident. It doesn't matter what people think - they are who they are, and it's so natural. There is a part of me that envies that because I've always held back until I really get to know someone and feel like I can trust them. Sometimes that takes a while, and even then it's hard for me to let go and just be me.
It's exhausting...and I'm tired of it.
I started this blog as a place for me to write about my interests and share them with people. You'd think I would want to spread the word to everyone that I know, but instead I have been almost secretive. Not wanting to tell people for fear of the "what if."
It's not like I'm standing in a room full of people speaking (which would completely terrify me). I'm writing. I'm writing on this little bitty corner of the internet that people barely know about! The best part is that I have the freedom to share me and people can choose to read or not. If they don't like it, that's fine, because this blog is mine. It's about what I enjoy and it's my creative escape. If others benefit from it or enjoy it too, that's awesome! I'll keep doing this as long as it's enjoyable and as long as it makes me smile.
P.S. - This is the first time I shared my blog with my Facebook friends...so if you're stopping by from FB, thank you for taking the time to check out my little happy place. Well, the beach is really my happy place, but that's for another day! :)