Last night as I was taking a shower (my favourite place to contemplate), I was thinking about blogging and why I even do it in the first place. Sometimes it can feel like a chore, which is when I try to step back and refresh my thoughts. I love it, but at times I start to compare myself to others, wondering why so-and-so gets more comments on their posts, or how that pretty girl seems to have a photographer to take outfit photos at her disposal 24/7 (which I still don't understand, by the way!). I started to think that maybe I wasn't interesting enough, or maybe my content was lacking. Then I remembered that I started blogging to share my life and inspire others, in whatever way that happens to be. I blog for you, but I also blog for me. I've always been genuine, and no matter how many comments I get or how many people follow me, I can always say that I am and always have been my true self. I can get so caught up in my silly thoughts sometimes, and then they all come crashing down... Like when I received this email not even 5 minutes later, subject line: "Your blog changed me.":
"I just wanted to let you know that since I found your blog, it changed my life and made me unafraid to do what I really love in life and what I think gives me joy. I was lost in many ways and one of your posts about how you think we all make excuses not to change our lives made the most sense and opened up my eyes from the barriers that I was creating for myself. Thank you so much for all that you gave me! It means the world to me. "
I sat there for a moment and took it all in, with a humble smile on my face and watery eyes. Something so simple and sweet that someone said (at the perfect time, I might add) had lifted my spirits and made me realize that I was doing something right. I had helped someone. My little words written on a single page of the internet had inspired someone to change their life. I felt at peace and thought this is why it's worth it. No amount of comments or followers could compare to that.
Sometimes all it takes to brighten someone's day and set them back on the right track is a kind gesture, a compliment, or in this case, an email. I think that everyone should remember that and know that no matter how well you think you know someone, or how perfect they may seem, you don't truly know what their internal struggles are. Take the time to do or say something nice to others. Your words of encouragement just might change their lives.