Living My Truth
Something has been playing through my mind recently every-time I log in to jot down words and create content in this space, what I’m really doing here is just living my truth out loud.
There’s a tension that can come with this – because my truth can sometimes look pretty different to everyone else around me. Because my truth is rooted in specifics from my own journey, my own experiences, and my own life.
Here is something I truly believe: our truth doesn’t have to be everyone’s truth to still matter. Our truth doesn’t have to be everyone’s truth to still resonate, connect, inspire, motivate, encourage, and change.
There are so many conversations I’ve had with people who have worried that they didn’t have permission to share their ideas, or even start their blog in the first place, because their truth doesn’t look like everyone else’s.
I’ve battled with this too.
I write a lot about living a fulfilling, and happy life, but sometimes I feel a whole lot of tension when sharing personal insights into what that looks like for me – because I know it looks different for every single one of us.
I write a lot about finding the joy and peace in my life, even with the pain and loss I carry. I know that my ability to find joy and peace is also connected to the fact that I have lived with serious depression and although I am moslty well now, sometimes I feel that I don’t have the right to share my experiences of finding joy in my journey.
This is how I work through it: I have grown the most from content where others have just openly and vulnerably shared their truth – and their lives never look anything like mine. I’ve found that by others being brave enough to share their truth, I’ve been able to find my own through it.
For example, The Shoe Makers Daughter (Hey Ronnie) is a blog that always hits me deep in the gut – yet she’s a mum like me and still living a life completely different from mine. Fat Mum Slim (OG Mummy Blogger Chantelle) is another blog I adore and she’s a made her blog a huge success and doing work totally different to me. These two creatives, alongside many others, have moved, inspired, and encouraged me in my own journey just by sharing their stories and their truth – and it has never mattered that it doesn’t look anything like mine.
Because underneath all the things that make us different, there are so many things that connect us, that exists in us all, and things we all struggle with, and things we all find joy in, and that is where the magic truly happens.
My encouragement to you today is this: if you’re struggling with telling your truth, if you’re battling with thought that your stories do not matter, and if you’re afraid that what you have to say will not resonate with a single soul, I want to encourage you to share your truth anyway. If there’s something inside of you churning and aching to live your truth out loud, it means you have something truly worth while to say.
When you’re sharing your truth, it doesn’t mean you’re telling the world that it has to be their truth, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have permission to change and evolve in the future.
Our stories, ideas, and insights are able to encourage, inspire, and help others in a meaningful and impactful way.