Today I renamed my blog. I had been thinking about it for a while, and I thought with the turn of the new year that this is the perfect time to do it!
When I started blogging nearly two years ago it was primarily a way for me to vent my frustrations with the little things in life. I named it The Pebble In My Shoe. It was, first and foremost, a means of being creative. I did not know where it (or myself) were going. I was struggling at school, carrying a huge burden, but it was the small things that gradually wore me down. A lot has changed since then.
Looking back I don’t think I fully understood what I was dealing with. I’m better informed now, but I’ve still got lots to learn. I continue to suffer from anxiety, stress and depression, but I feel like I have a better grip on them now.
Anxiety and depression can make us all feel so incredibly alone, when in fact we’re not. Millions of people worldwide suffer from the same debilitating illnesses but we can’t always see that.
Blogging allows me to write without fear of judgement. The beauty of writing lies in its power; people of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and of different religious beliefs all have the opportunity to be moved by the same words. I’ve had views and followers from all over the wold, and I can’t quite describe the feeling, knowing that a perfect stranger, whom I am likely to never meet, has read my words.
This community acts as a reminder that there is always someone out there who can relate to what we are suffering from. Talking to you and reading your stories provides some comfort, making what I am dealing with a little bit easier.
I have learned that there is nothing to hide. I now try to live my life with perspective. To appreciate the good days when they come around and to remember that the bad ones don’t last forever. Just because one day is bad doesn’t mean the next one will be too!
But perhaps the most important lesson that I’ve learned is to remember that no one is immune to criticism. Everyone feels the fragility of life.
On this blog I try to be constructive, to make a positive difference in both my life and in yours. If I can help just one person then I’ll be happy.
You are all incredibly courageous for having the strength to speak out about your illnesses with such honesty and to try and make a difference. I encourage you to continue doing just that. You may be surprised but someone will be able to relate on some level. Not everyone will understand, but be patient, you sure will be glad when you find someone who does. In Silence We Suffer.
I hope you enjoyed a great New Year, and wishing you all the best for the year ahead! I hope you all like the makeover, what do you think of the name change?