I'm planning a longer post for the next day or so, but I just had to stop in quickly today to say a very heartfelt thank you for all the love I have received in response to my last post. Your comments have been so gracious and encouraging and I have been touched by each of them.
I have always thought of myself as a very open person since I have never had trouble sharing my opinions or talking about things that have happened to me (good or bad), but I have come to realize that when it comes to my emotions, my fears, doubts and dreams, I am intensely private. It is hard to expose these parts of myself to the people in my life, to be vulnerable enough to say what I really want for myself. I guess the fear is that someone will laugh and say "you could never achieve that...your dream is silly."
I have long lived my life under the belief that I have to fully achieve my dream before I can tell anyone about it...look, here is my dream and it's finished! Look how successful it is! Well, here I am to say:
I write a blog and it does not have hundreds of followers.
I have an etsy shop and it does not make me thousands of dollars (in fact, I think I am still in the hole with all the supplies I have bought).
I am a writer and I have not been published yet.
And that's ok. As of yet, I haven't noticed anyone pointing and laughing. And if they do, it doesn't really matter. As the very wise Susie of the Vintagesusie & Wings blog wrote: "trying is more important than accomplishing."
So thank you dear readers for teaching me a thing or two about living life and being myself. I'm sending you all a world of love, gratitude and wishes for the strength of character to pursue your own hopes and dreams, whatever they may be.