Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sharing Myself

I got a facebook friend request from someone I don't know and have never heard of today. I know that isn't news. I don't usually accept these requests and I often message them back asking how I know them. Unlike most, they have a link to their fabulous blog on their profile page. And as blog reading often does, lead me to yet another blog where I read this:

"It seems we never know the ones we love completely. Even though we struggle to do so. In the end, perhaps the best we can do, is to love them completely without that knowing. For years I've tried to bridge the gap with my loved ones by writing in my blog about who I am. By being open and honest about how I think and feel. It did not work!

Though my own goal is to know myself completely and share that knowing with others, my loved ones do not feel the same. What a tragedy! But that is how things are. Even so, I cannot give up on them. I must keep trying.

This really resonated with me.

If you've been following my blog, you know that I haven't been writing much here. But I feel the need building up as I start to read other blogs again. It was my experience that the blogs I really like to read that get into feelings, values, and personal growth are written by women and that men tended to stick with technology and business and stuff like that. I say was because in the last week, I've run into the most profound blogs written by men. One is Single Dad Laughing (and if you haven't found it already, then I'm guessing you aren't on facebook, because his posts have been shared more than any blog I've ever seen) and the second is where I found the above quote.

Both blogs are values based, and both bloggers post daily. They are both honest about themselves with their readers. I would love to develop the courage to follow their lead. To write about what comes up with honesty (not that I don't already, but I usually choose not to write at all instead of sharing the less than wonderful).

As I move into a new phase of life, with kids growing up and not really wanting me to be as involved in their lives as I have been, I feel drawn to write more about developing my authenticity. To write more about the process and the reactions. We'll see if I truly can revive the ol' blog!