In one of our random 7/11 quick late night dates, I told my husband that I haven’t been writing for almost two months now. As I loudly sipped my piñacolada slurpee, I began to rant all the reasons I could think of.
1) I was busy the whole month of October as I gladly fulfilled my nurse, alalay and vacation organizer duties for my dearest sister. She had to fly to Manila to undergo a medical procedure plus do all her pre and post surgery shopping.
2) I spent too much time thinking of what to write that I ended up not writing at all. I had the chance to write even a short blog post when I was “on duty” at the hospital. I definitely had some quality time to spare for my long delayed writing plans for the past weeks. I have rewritten my long list of possible blog topics several times. My list is now irrelevant and the topics all unworthy of being published. I just couldn’t start writing.
3) I am still afraid to share my thoughts and this fear pushes me away from telling more life stories. I’m always afraid of what others might say. “Ang babaw naman niya!” “Ang drama naman niya!”
This third reason was affirmed by my husband. “Takot ka kasi e!” The person who I thought never bothered to read my blog gave me the best advice : “Mahal, just be yourself and just write.”
Ouch but true.
I have plotted my blog’s goals many times — during workshop exercises and countless times in my reflections. I always say that I want to inspire others by exploring new passions, making a difference in society through simple deeds and encouraging them to be part in finding resolutions for ordinary and complex issues in life. Having a clear blog purpose is important but being brave is equally important to be able to write from the heart.
Letting go of my fears will make me a more honest and real blogger. It will let me express myself more freely and be open to criticisms. For only in being brave can I fulfill my goals and eventually inspire my readers to be better persons for others – their families, friends and society.
And so for the remaining 2 months of 2014, I will start my #BraveBlogging challenge. I will share my passions and life advocacies by writing more often and being more open. Being brave also means being humble to accept my limitations and weaknesses and sharing the lessons I learned as a mother, wife, blogger, mompreneur and social activist.
I hope you will join me in this blogging journey and help me in being a brave, bold, daring and fearless person for others.