A Very Long Hiatus is over: Breaking the Silence

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It’s been a while…no, it’s been years since I last wrote a blog. The biggest reason for not blogging any longer was most probably because, other than my husband, I felt nobody was reading my blogs. It took me years to learn that writing a blog is not so much for others but rather a creative outlet for myself. We are so conditioned to receive feedback from others or at the very least, start a dialogue. We need to feel that we make a difference – otherwise what is the point?

I do have to think of the quote from Dr. George Berkley: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Although there are opposing answers to that question, two things cannot be disputed; the tree that fell knows it fell and so do the trees in its immediate vicinity. So, the point I am trying to make is; that even if nobody reads my blogs, I know what they mean to me and that I have written them.

How many of us knew the name Jane Marczweski, aka Nightbirde before her Golden Buzzer moment on America’s Got Talent? I certainly did not know about this brave and wise young lady’s existence. Her song, “It’s OK,” took the world by storm and gave her struggles with cancer a voice. In a beautiful way, she told everyone listening that it’s okay to feel lost sometimes.  It spoke to us because we all feel that way from time to time. Most of us however do not have the opportunity to share our life story on the world stage and I believe, given the opportunity, most of us will not share our struggles. If Jane had not appeared on AGT, would her battle with cancer have been any less real? No. Would the songs and blogs she wrote be any less profound? No. To her, they meant the world, whether someone shared them with her or not. Of course, we are all grateful to her for sharing her joys and her struggles with us.

So, what I am trying to say is, if you are out there wondering whether you should start a blog and who, if anybody, will read it – it does not matter. It’s your thoughts and your feelings that you are expressing. Nobody sharing those thoughts and feelings does not make them any less real for you. Of course, you could just keep a diary – nothing wrong with that, but what if your blog helps someone or makes just one person feel less alone in what they are going through or experiencing, isn’t it worth it?

I will now follow my advice and the next time I have something weighing on my mind I will be back to sharing my thoughts and experiences.

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