Good morning sweet readers and happy Friday. What a great way to start the day, I see that I’m Refinery29 pinner of the day!
Regarding the post yesterday, I have to say that I’m glad I did it. Admittedly I was scared to write that stuff because well—it’s tough sharing stuff about yourself! The main reason I’m glad to have shared is that it’s opened a dialogue between me and you, friends and artist and blogger friends through personal emails. Putting your life out there is definitely something we struggle with. I’m truly in awe of my friends Kate and Joanna who so beautifully and poignantly document their lives, thoughts and feelings. I want and need to thank all of you who commented here and on Facebook and who wrote me emails revealing some of your own fears (many that we happen to share). You are brave. The amazing thing about blogging is that it connects people. We are a community. Not only because of a shared aesthetic or shared interests but as people too.
Here are just a few comments that completely solidify my conviction that it’s good to share your thoughts even if they’re not pretty:
“Nothing is ever good enough, I never feel satisfied with my accomplishments and place in my life. I think my problem often stems with my tendency to compare myself to others, which is so difficult to avoid in this age of social media. But it’s comforting to know that so many other people feel this way, so I can remind myself that no one has it all together. I suppose it’s better to always be striving to be better than the opposite?”
“I’m driven so much more by fear and anxiety than by joy–fear that if I stop doing what I’m doing (blogging, writing, striving, working, heck, getting out of bed in the morning) I’ll be forgotten.”
“I am totally freaked out my how fast life is going”
“I think it’s courageous to put our complex selves out there and not simplify or sugarcoat our lives. Isn’t this what separates us from brands? (I always cringe a bit at the thought of considering myself a brand). On the flip side, it’s risky to put more revealing parts of yourself out there that may not ‘align’ with the public image you’d like your work to have. That said, I think it’s worth the risk. I personally hope to continue surrounding myself with people, art, objects etc. that celebrate authenticity.”
I hope you have a beautiful weekend. Thanks again for reading and feel free to comment on the post if you want to share.