I believe that there exists a misguided assumption that I think myself to be without struggle or blemish. That can’t be further from the truth. My life is a painting of heartache, physical and emotional pain/abuse, financial struggle, and much MUCH more. My past is a labyrinth of bad choices, wrong turns, half-truths, and regrets. It is also filled with beating impossible odds, last minute triumphs, learning of self, loving of self, and speaking truth. I’ve learned from all of it and I’m still learning. This is why I do what I do…
We each have a calling on our lives to do something meaning, fulfilling, and spectacular. We achieve this in a variety of ways: giving service- volunteering time, money, resources, writing, speaking, arts, etc. Some of these avenues require personal transparency and some do not. I chose the route of transparency because this is the uncomfortable path that I feel can help someone.
It’s important to understand that I don’t write for the understanding of ‘scholars’, politicians, or other types of pundits. I write for people who are searching for answers or who are searching for people who can somehow relate to their situation. I write for people who don’t have time, patience, or even the ability to sift through extravagant prose to find understanding of a simple concept. That is not assuming that anyone is ‘ignorant’. There are many levels of education and understanding- that is a fact. What I simply mean is that “less is more” for the particular impact I seek to make at this moment in time.
Amazingly, we have so much technology available to us that we are forgetting how to think in a most basic way. Just go out for a drive and witness how much worse drivers are now than just 10 years ago. Cell phones and computers think for us, process requests quickly, and require nothing more than for us to tap a few keys. We’re chained to technology and so are our children. There’s a huge disconnect. There needs to be a return to the basics of thinking coherently. Our children are dying, being neglected or otherwise abused and so much of it is avoidable. Those are the conversations we really should be having. We have to figure out how to bring the “village” back to our neighborhoods.
My voice is not going to always be popular but it will be sincere. My words are not going to be judgmental but they won’t always be “politically correct” either. How can anyone grow when they have to measure what they say for fear of offending? Our lives have impact on others and if we can just understand that, then maybe, just maybe we can somehow enjoy a better existence in this world. Maybe we can learn to respect and help one another. I can choose to stay silent, pretend that life is great, and puppies are cute. Or, I can be courageous and press forward and hope that someone even braver than I will share these nuggets with whomever they know it will help. If that means it helps or impacts one person, then that is a good day. If you feel that what is shared on my blog or The Bolder Sister will help someone, please share. If you would like offer sincere feedback or suggestions for content or topics, by all means please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.