Even chipmunks contemplate.
I spent some time catching up with a good friend this week, who is starting a new adventure in her life. She told me that she was considering starting a blog to document this new chapter, but wasn’t sure if she should. This conversation got me thinking about how people seem to gravitate towards starting blogs primarily when they are doing some new, exciting, different or temporary thing with their lives.
When friends in college studied abroad, they documented their time in blogs. When Facebook friends moved to another part of the country—or another country entirely—they blogged about their “new life”. Even in considering writing this blog post, I wondered if anything I might have to say might be “novel” or “new”. What it is about people that make us think that documenting our lives is only an option if we are doing something out of the norm?
In thinking further about my conversation with my friend, I thought about how it has been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog. There seems to be a constant battle that I fight with myself about whether or not what I have to say is worth posting online. Not because I don’t feel confident in my thoughts, but I question if others want to read what I have to say.
I lost my job back in December, and have been searching rather unsuccessfully for a full-time, fulfilling job since I graduated college back in May. I was offered another retail job that I wasn’t very excited about around Christmas time, and didn’t start training until last week. Then, this week I was offered another retail job with better pay and a nicer work environment. THEN I was told that the internship site I’ve been working at since October is going to seek additional funding to pay me for the work I do!
Here I am, a TERRIBLE decision maker, faced with the choice between two jobs that I don’t love the idea of (but prefer one over the other), and the possibility of part-time employment at the nonprofit I intern with and love. Plus I had a first round phone interview with another nonprofit earlier this week. How is that for almost a year I have had no employment options, and now I have multiple options? For some, this may not be something that is of any interest. But to me this is a huge deal.
I debated using my blog as a place to talk about these decisions I have to make now; like I said, to me these choices are a big deal, even if I’m not going to another country or starting some grand new adventure. If something matters to you though, don’t discount its relevance or worth based on what you think others want to hear. So, like I encouraged my friend to do, blog about what’s going on in your life, even if you don’t think everyone will find it interesting. While it’s true that not everyone might not find what you have to say relatable; at the end of the day or end of each “chapter” of your life, believe enough in yourself to talk about what matters to you.