Whether You Know It or Not

When we are willing to open up and share, others become willing to do the same. As I wrote in a much earlier blog post – I created this blog not only for myself, but for those who read it as well. My hope has been through sharing my own story, others would see theirs reflected back at them and realize that they aren’t alone.

After I shared my last post, I received so many wonderful messages – including a fabulous letter and card from a former student who didn’t put their name. Messages of love and support, and even thanks for being willing to share. I received the love and support that I believe every person should.

I also want to share that I know I have changed and grown over the past two years. I have learned what brings me joy. I am comfortable being on my own (maybe a little too much so). I have learned to set boundaries. I have learned that it’s okay to not be okay. I have learned that there shouldn’t be shame in sharing my struggles. I have learned what it means to truly be on my own – living on my own, setting a schedule around no one but myself, making plans for things I never thought I would have the opportunity for.

Although, in the vein of honesty, dating is still scary. I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on this since the last post and all of the wonderful advice that has come my way. I think it’s the word itself – dating. That word terrifies me even though I enjoy meeting new people. Perhaps if there were a different word or connotation to it. Perhaps if everything were simply a casual meet-up and not a pressure-filled event that occurs with lots of forewarning , pressure, and planning…

But I digress. What is most important is sharing your story. What is most important is letting people see all sides of you – the good and the bad, the broken and the joyful. What is most important is cultivating the relationships in your life fully – allowing those closest to you to see all of you. In doing so, it allows friends, family, strangers the ability to share their own stories. Sometimes it’s easy to be alone in our struggles, but sometimes it’s best to be open and honest about them so others can see a path through theirs.

Whether you know it or not, you are creating an impact that lasts forever on others. I didn’t realize mine traveled so far beyond the classroom – but I’m starting to see…

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