Friend, I know you are wondering, on these days between dirty dishes and diaper changes, if your voice is being heard. Certainly, your verbal words are being understood, as you provide instructions to your children and an abridged account to your husband of how your day was; yet you wonder if the voice within you, the one that drives and motivates you, is being acknowledged.
While navigating through the path of motherhood, a journey with no manual, you often find that in the raising of your children, you are left with words you want to share, stories that you want to tell, but no audience to share them with. While your children may delight in hearing your stories, they may not understand the complexity of what you are trying to resonate with them.
So friend, I want to share with you this.
Your words have meaning.
No one has a story quite like yours, and no one views the world through the same lens that you do. You may question if your words..your story..your life have meaning to anyone else, and friend, I’m here to tell you that they do. You may find yourself questioning not only the perspective you have to provide others with, but if anyone will actually read your words..and I want you to understand this one crucial truth.
Write for yourself, not for others.
This probably seems counterproductive, doesn’t it?
But I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Because friend, I’ll be honest with you.
When I started this blog, I began writing my accounts of my life as a sort of online journal. I used my blog as a way to express my feelings, never expecting anyone to read it.
And then friend?
A really crazy thing happened.
I enabled the share feature on my blog, so that my posts would be linked directly to my Facebook wall. Each time that I would post, a new link would populate. My Facebook friends could then click on the link at their leisure and read my content.
People started reading.
I was overwhelmed and excited. People were actually reading what I wrote, and they were giving me feedback. It was wonderful, and I was so happy. My ultimate intention for my blog was to encourage and inspire others..and after receiving many messages stating that I had in fact done so, I knew that I was succeeding in achieving my goal, of empowering others.
It didn’t happen because I wrote with others in mind. I didn’t restrict myself to a particular audience, or modify my content to make what I posted more conformed. I wrote what I believed in, and people started reading.
So friend, if you are wondering if you have a voice..you do. If you are wondering if you should begin to blog, or to continue to blog though the journey at the moment appears stalled, I am here to encourage you.
I want you to know that your words have worth, and your story has meaning.
Only you can tell it.