A Pat on the Back

There’s a wonderful thrill when I’m notified that someone is following my blog – thank you Sid Dunnebacke and The Blissful Adventurer. I am attention-shy and prefer to be in the background most of the time, and yet I find myself craving affirmation for who I am and what I do. Perhaps it’s my upbringing, both cultural and religious, which instilled humility – it’s only in recent years that I could start accepting compliments graciously rather than deflecting them, and it’s taken me a long time to admit to myself that I’m fairly good at what I do, which is why people choose to continue working with me. 

For whatever reason, I believe the journey to self-realization is filled with milestones like these, moments where you feel “y’know, I think I finally get what people mean when they say that.” Sometimes the realization isn’t a pleasant one but once it’s right there in front of me, I can recognize moments of weakness and tell myself ‘don’t go there’ or ‘stop being such a wimp and pull yourself together’ or ‘millions of people go through this, and worse, all over the world so stop making such a big deal of it!’

Reading about experiences others have had – whether they’re friends or strangers, from forwarded emails  or blogs – have made a big difference for me too. It’s comforting to know there are kindred spirits out there who share the same views or have the same thoughts (at least some of the time!). In fact it’s partly why I started to blog after years of ‘considering’ it, and I’ve not been disappointed by the experience of writing it, nor by the comments and replies posted by people who have read them.

So thank you to everyone who’s read and/or followed my blog, posted comments or replied to them. In the words of author Matthew Reilly, “never underestimate the power of your encouragement.”


About Audrey

I started this blog as a way to continue writing, which I love, and to share views and topics that mean a lot to me, which range from books and movies to the environment and other societal issues. Sounds like a grand plan (at least to me) but I'm finding it easier said than done. This blog is a way for me to get my voice out there and hopefully find others who feel the same or who share the same interests I do. All too often I read about news and happenings that make me feel discouraged about what's going on in the world, and I'm thankful for all the people out there who post things about everyday life that put a smile on my face or make me think a little harder about the life I'm living. This blog, for me, is a symbol that there are people out there who also feel that there's a lot to be improved and hopefully inspire thoughts and ideas that help us cope better, and make a difference in our own little part of the world. Thanks for reading!
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2 Responses to A Pat on the Back

  1. Thank you for the mention, Audrey. This a lovely post! I feel I could have written a bit or two of it myself – if I were this good a writer, that is.

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