"You may think // I'm just fine // how could anything ever be out of line? // I take my time // to set the stakes // make sure everything // is all in place // Even though I've got the lines rehearsed // a picture only paints a thousand words /// Things aren't always what they seem // you're only seeing part of me // there's more than you could ever know behind the scenes // I'm incomplete and I'm undone // but I suppose like everyone, there's so much more that's goin' on // behind the scenes." -Behind the Scenes, Francesca BattistelliA lot of time, bloggers look like they have everything together. Their lives seem perfect. Nothing looks wrong. How could it be?
The truth is, there is so much more to all of our lives. The problem is, we don't want to share the bad, or the imperfect. We don't want to tell our readers and followers about the unsound things in our lives. Sometimes, we even want everyone to think that our lives are a breeze. We want them to think we are perfect.
Truly, you are only seeing part of me. There is so much more than you could ever know. You don't know my struggles or my failed attempts. You don't know my joys or my sorrows. All you know is my words.
Sometimes, we even try to get ourselves to believe that what we write is who we are. That our blogs display our lives perfectly. Everyone understands completely, who I am and what my life is like, right? This is so far from the truth, it's insane.
Frequently while I'm reading blogs, I feel like I'm looking at their lives through a water splattered window. I feel like something is missing. They are missing. They never post about their life, for fear that it's too boring. Or perhaps, they are afraid that whoever they are, whatever they are, won't be understood, that they will be over looked. That they aren't good enough.
Wipe the window down, and let the sun shine. Shed your cover, and show your life. You'll be much happier, you'll feel more free. Your followers and readers will know you better. Let your life shine through, don't keep anything back. Don't be afraid of who you are.
I haven't been doing a very good job of sharing my life you you readers and followers. I've just kept my life to myself. I'm not exactly sure why I've never shared my life much with you dear friends. Maybe it was because I thought it was boring, maybe I was afraid of what you all would think of me. But part of taking another step in the journey of being myself is sharing with you who I truly am. There's so much that you don't know about me, but don't worry, you're about to learn it all soon. Come take a step into my life. It's a little crazy, but you'll get used to it.