How one article articulated my issue with internet "#inspiration"
So, I've been thinking about the oversaturated "inspiration" market on the internet LOT lately, and I think freelance writer Jamie Varon articulates my issues with it beautifully. Whenever someone asks me what I write about on my blog, I stumble and stammer a lot and then follow up whatever jumbled up mess I just uttered with "you know, inspirational stuff..." As I've ventured deeper and deeper into social media and sought to connect with people who write along similar lines, I've come to find that I'm not actually sure I really want to consider myself so "inspirational" after all. No one is happy ALL the time. In order to live authentic lives, we can't just accept one type of emotion in ourselves and others. We have to accept the WHOLE package and the WHOLE process in order to feel like WHOLE people. We have to acknowledge that much of the process consists of the "middle", and that the middle can be dark, scary and terrifying. We have ALL been there, and when we share only parts of our story by seeking to "inspire", we're doing the exact opposite of empowering people. In fact, we might even be shaming them into believing that there's something wrong with them for not being brave, happy or perfect enough. Life is imperfect, and so are we. I'm glad this author found a way to articulate something I've been contemplating for a while and thus helped me further re-set my intention to more truth telling and less sugar-coating. Check out "Hey Internet, Stop Trying to Inspire Me" to understand more of what I'm talking about... xoxo, Laura Max