Tuesday, January 10, 2012

You are describing "unity"

(Pic from Adriel's post)

I read the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky when I was in high school and at the time it really resonated with me because of just where I was and who I was and what was going on in my life at the time. I haven't read it in years, but I doubt it would have the same effect anymore because I'm not the same person anymore. Interesting how perspective changes... That being said, there was a quote in it that I have always remembered and it reminds me of why I read blogs...especially this week. I'll explain.

"And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing “unity”."

I feel like blogging has always been this to me. A place where I read someone else's thoughts or stories or life experiences and I find myself thinking "you too??" and for a moment, I feel connected to a stranger in a way I sometimes don't feel connected to people in real life. Because not everyone in real life is pouring out those stories or thoughts or life experiences because honestly life is messy and who wants to share all their junk with other people? Especially not face to face when they could laugh or be mean or worse than both of those, be apathetic or uninterested.

I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and share too much and be honest about the junk in my life because with everything I've been through, it just doesn't make much sense to hide the junk because it's made me who I am and it allows me to be real and sincere and authentic with people.

So, short story way too long, I read 2 awesome blog posts this week that you must read. Both of them brought me to tears. Hopefully you will also feel connected because of them.

Marriage. - Stay Forever Sunday
Hello Judah: A Birth Story - The Mommyhood Memos

3 comments:

TV's Take said...

We are all searching for meaningful connections...going to check them out.

Adriel (The Mommyhood Memos) said...

Cameron, I never would have thought to use the term "unity" to describe what I've found in blogging, but I like your perspective. It makes sense. Hmmmmm, unity.

Thank you for including me. Obviously it was a very important piece for me to write - whether anyone ever reads it or not - but I'm glad that some (like you) can find connection with it. :)

Adrienne said...

Blogging has been that same way for me. It's an amazing community!

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