One of the most daunting sentiments imaginable, at least in my opinion, is feeling like you stand alone in the world, that no one can identify with or understand what you might be experiencing, whether it be good, bad, or just plain weird. While the internet has brought its own unique set of problems, such as cyber bullying, hacking, and trolling, I have found that it can also be an equally powerful tool for being able to reach out to and communicate with others with a similar mindset and points of view and to find support. In my case, I have found it comforting to find the occasional but refreshingly honest forum/blog/webpage in which I find myself reassured that I am not the only one who thinks or feels a certain way.
I don’t look at this need for strength in numbers to be a weakness, but speaking from my own experience, feeling like the only one in this world of 7 billion plus people can be exhilarating but incredibly formidable. There are simply times when you need that reassurance as further momentum if you find that you are following only yourself.
With that being said, I write for both my own benefit (writing keeps me sane), as well as for anyone else who might find solace in my experiences and thoughts that might be similar to theirs. I want to keep my writing as honest as possible, even if that means opening up on some cringe-worthy or undesirable events without a pleasant outcome. Life is beautiful, but life is also messy.
Since I’m totally new and inexperienced at this whole blogging thing, I did a bit of research (read: I Googled) about what makes an effective blog. One of the most common criteria that I found was that a blog should ideally have some sort of theme or main topic (a hobby, viewpoint, problem, etc.). I gave it some thought, but in all honesty, I don’t feel like I can restrict myself to only one main idea or recurring subject throughout my posts, so I’ll most likely be all over the place in this blog (… just like me in real life).
Keeping this in mind, there is no room for judgement (go elsewhere; there are plenty of other places for that, online or in the real world). However, if you feel that any of the following descriptions might apply to you, feel free to stick around and read on:
- Third Wheel
- Odd bird
- Fish out of water
- Free Spirit
- All of the above
- None of the above
This is why I write.