Happy Blog Day, dear readers! Thank you again for all of the feedback you provided on Singing Soprano in an Alto World. Everything you share is truly appreciated! Thank you also for liking my page on Facebook, Writing For the Love of It. If you haven’t “liked” it yet, that’s ok! Take a look, click like, and say hello whenever you can!
I spent quite a bit of time this past week thinking about my blog and this week’s new post. I realized that while I started writing this blog as a leap, not really knowing exactly what I would blog about, I truly didn’t intend for it to become a “don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff/you-can-do-it!” style of blog. But, having said that, I have no regrets! I’m enjoying this venue of communicating with readers. It’s like having a great chat with a good friend!
Blogging has become a way for me to write uniquely; “a different avenue to helping find (my) writer’s voice”, as a close friend so kindly encouraged me. I am a fiction writer at heart. I create worlds where people live, laugh, and love, but also where they hurt, cry, betray, and forgive. However, as I was leaping out of my comfort zone, dodging bullets in my securing fastened Kevlar vest, all the while singing soprano, I realized that if I was feeling these things, going through these challenges, others probably were also. While we are all individuals, there are things that make us the same in many ways too. Our struggles when we are “different” and working at freeing ourselves from the need to please others, when we have an alternate voice in the choir, or when we hold a different outlook on life, all link us together as feeling human beings.
Our differences may make us stand out in a crowd. They may subject us to closer scrutiny by others. Putting ourselves ‘out there’ may subject us to judgment and, possibly, ridicule. It is no secret that bullying is a huge issue in society today. It can take the form of ridicule, but also physical contact, harassment, exclusion, taunting, etc. Our children are educated about it in their schools, adults are aware of it, but yet it still exists. It can still prevail in the schoolyard, on the sports teams, in the office: everywhere. And yes, even adults, bully.
Bullying often occurs when someone doesn’t understand, or is afraid of differences. If you help others to understand how you are different, and why, you are educating them. Knowledge empowers. You can open the doors to a different perspective. You can encourage the acceptance of a different point of view.
Being yourself shouldn’t be something that you are ashamed of, or something that you have to hide. We are all unique in our own way. This uniqueness is something to celebrate! Each one of us is beautiful – “You were wonderfully and beautifully made.” This beauty should not be judged by society’s standards, but by the value we place on ourselves and by celebrating the gifts that make us different. This celebration shouldn’t have to be done to the pleasing of others, but to the satisfaction of ourselves and our beliefs.
Stand up for yourself and for what YOU believe. Empower yourself, and others, with knowledge. Be the person YOU want to be. You can be un – YOU – sual. You are YOU-nique. Be who you were created to be, as long as you are being YOU.
You are Be – YOU – tiful.
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