I am so incredibly excited to be embarking on my first NaBloPoMo (or, "National Blog Posting Month") hosted by BlogHer! I just became a member not too long ago, so I'm still exploring the community. While I find my way, this seemed like a wonderful opportunity to meet other bloggers and get in the groove of writing every day. If you're interested in joining the party,
make sure you specify the month of September!
) until the 5th. If you miss the deadline, don't fret; you can catch the next NaBloPoMo in October.
Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest?
I am a talker, through and through. I've always enjoyed discussing my feelings with others, finding that common
ground through shared experiences. In school, I always received high marks, but when it came to the written comments, the message was always that I needed to control my inner chatterbox.
As I've gotten older, though, I find myself wanting to speak less in order to create distance between myself and people I don't know well. What I've learned over the course of my 32 years is that not everyone is worth my time and energy, so I must choose wisely. Part of this shift is simply a byproduct of growing older and more mature, but a rather large portion of it can be attributed to my husband, whom I half-jokingly refer to as The Vault. He is the kindest, gentlest, most loving person
I've ever met, but the man reveals nothing unless explicitly asked. When we first got married, this drove me batty, but over the last decade, I've grown to appreciate the logic of slowing down, observing, and reflecting rather than barreling into
topic, guns blazing. First, I find that I don't actually want to feel All The Things. As an empath, I need to take frequent breaks in order to keep from being overwhelmed by the constant waves of rage-inducing issues in this world. Further, I have found that quiet reflection allows me to see the circumstances more clearly and do more research in order to ascertain if outrage is even warranted. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, when I speak less, I listen and learn more. Opening myself up to different experiences, opinions, and points of view has done wonders for my personal growth. I graduated from college quite some time ago, but I am committed to the challenge of being a lifelong learner and a global citizen.
This is a little random, but go with me: I remember watching
(FYI, I adore
!) with my mom when I was younger, this line jumped off the screen and into my heart:
Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
Preach that good word, Ms. Russell.