It's always the blog posts I feel slightly vulnerable sharing that I end up getting the most messages in response to, from people telling me they needed to hear it. It's just a reminder that the thing you're going through, you're never alone in it, and you don't need to be ashamed of it. It's likely that the words you're scared to share, are the very words someone else needs to hear.
But also - and I say this because I've seen shaming done on the flip side, too - don't feel like you HAVE to share something publicly if you don't want to. In the world of social media there's this unspoken thought that unless you're sharing no-makeup selfies or your struggles, you aren't being "real." But guess what? Posting that to prove you're "real" is JUST as bad as posting pretty, put-together photos to impress people - because they're both about PEOPLE.
How about this? If you want to post pretty photos, DO IT - not to impress people, but because they bring you joy, because they capture a special memory, or maybe just because you like taking pretty photos. If you want to post your behind-the-scenes, inspirational captions, or be open about things in your life, DO THAT TOO - not to prove something or get something from people, but because you know that sharing stories is a powerful thing. Because in the stories of others, you've found little pieces of your own - and you want to give that same gift to someone else.
Hear me: You have nothing to prove; nothing to hide. Don't scale back your silly or stop telling dad jokes because you think you're supposed to be "cool," and don't try to be bubbly or weird because you think THAT is cool. Don't try to be outgoing because you're "too quiet" or tone it back because you're "too loud." You are neither too much, nor not enough. Exactly who you are, is precisely the right amount. Every quirky, normal, pretty, ugly, wild, and tamed part of you is PRECISELY, the right amount. 🌻