So “Running fast backwards” popped along and left this comment on my blog yesterday (have I told you how much I love comments, I do, I so do …. and I love them when they make me take a moment like this one did.)
Hi RM. I don’t blog; I am rather behind with all this new blogging, tweeting and you tubing stuff.
Any hoo..one day well sitting at my desk, bored out of my skull and completely unable to go on..I stumbled across blogs. It seems that I am addicted to reading other peoples blogs! Almost like my Big Brother addiction I had (when it first came out) how I adore to read and watch others’ lives, I find it fascinating. What I must comment on though is a common theme that I have noticed with all the bloggers that I have read and that is an underlying sadness. Why is it, that we are all so sad? I too am sad, but not in a lie down and cry my eyeballs out sad…just a sadness that I carry along with me that others seldom get to see. So I was wondering, why is it that you think we are all so sad?
Initially I thought “hey chump I am not sad” but then I thought, damn you are probably right. I might be a tad on the “not happy side” and actually I follow blogs where there is a bit of sad, or huge snotty heaps of it in fact.
I wrote the post “Running fast backwards” commented on with huge tears running down my face.
I cried some more when I re-read it for spelling. I cried some more when I posted it, and then I continued to cry for two more days. I realised I had had one of those moments where you really take stock of who you are, and what the hell you are doing - I have not cried yet today, but it is still early, so give it time.
So yes “Running fast backwards” you are indeed correct. A lot of bloggers are sad, but I think the issue is that (and this is purely my own conjecture on the issues) is that we blog because we are sad.
We are not sad because we blog.
I have often seen bloggers who start blogging because they have or are going through an ordeal or something that is so huge that they need to put “pen to paper” and then when the “thing” is over, they no longer need to blog. One example, that I have seen, is that a lot of women who are going through IF, seem to lose the urge to blog once they have had a baby or come to a point on the IF journey where they have decided that another journey awaits them.
They just don’t need this outlet any more.
Blogging is much like journaling. You journal so you can write down your thoughts, your inner fears and find a way to work through some of your “stuff.” Often putting it on a page is liberating. It is a way of facing your own fears – head on. And that is pretty much what we are most afraid of, our darkness and the sadness that lurks within.
I chose to blog versus journal, as I could not find the right ink for the right pen, and the journal with just the right texture of paper to get started.
I got caught up in the details, amd I made excused why not to get started.
Eventually I figured I would blog – no pen and paper to procrastinate about. I had a new born baby strapped to my left breast, I had one hand free, I had oodles of time to stare into a screen (as I was not sleeping anyway) I might as well blog.
I can’t see that a person who is so happy with life that they routinely break out into a skip and yodel while in full folk outfit needs much in the way of sitting down and pondering his/her life. They often know who they are and are so truly happy/content that deep introspective is just not necessary for them. (bless their cotton tidy whities!)
My sense is if you are truly happy, truly happy, you feel a sense that you are a “full and complete human being.”
Unfortunately I don’t ever feel that happy – I aspire to be content.
I started blogging when I had just had my third child. I started blogging because I had my third child.
I thought I was going to be the perfect mother. I thought I had dealt with all my shit and it was going to be really wonderful to be at home holding my little pink fluff. It was all going to be so happy and well, I was going to be so damn good at it too. I wanted it all so badly and I felt ready at 37, that surely, surely now, I was ready to be a content grown-up person.
I was going to embrace motherhood – with a sense of happiness and confidence that I had never experienced before.
Instead I felt an overriding urge to stab my partner with a fork (in the jugular), fling my child against a wall so she would stop crying, and take as many combinations of ante-depressants and sleeping pills that I could lay my hands on.
It all felt a tad sad and a bit bleak.
Not quite the poster child for the latest Living and Loving Magazine I am afraid.
I started blogging because I had all this stuff that was sitting inside me, stuff that I thought was unique to only me. I was so broken and so beyond repair that I was unfixable (or so I thought).
I had been in therapy for years, and I had tried various medications and their combinations, tried hypno-therapy, read a couple of self-help books, and spent too much time googling “depresson” and “running away from home.”
Blogging is – for me – a way of just saying “this is me, this is my stuff, and I am hurting” – the moment I put it out there, and pushed “publish” on some of my subjects I felt a release that I cannot describe to you.
Just putting it out there, made it no longer run around in my head. I no longer torment myself with some of the thoughts. I can say things in my blog that I struggle to say out loud – to anyone.
With blogging I started to feel a little more real, a little more present in my own life story.
And then – and here is the wonderful part – when people started to comment on my posts I realized that as unique as I thought I was, I was not that unique.
There are moms (and people who aren’t moms) like me.
Who struggle, and who feel that all they see is the photoshopped smiley moms clutching their blue-eyed off-spring, when they are maybe not “those moms.” Maybe they are the other moms, the moms who are afraid, who wonder why they chose to be moms, why every day is so fucking difficult, or why they are crying in the bathroom at 2am.
So “Running fast backwards” I must confess that you are right, there are a lot of sad blogs out there, and I too find many of them compelling.
Blogging has helped me in ways I can’t even describe. It is not something I do anymore, it is something I am, and it is something I need.
And, when I don’t need it anymore, I won’t do it.
Today I need blogging, and fucking hell, I am so glad I have this platform. I am so glad I get to connect with other bloggers and readers who I allow glimpses into my soul, and who also allow me privilege of seeing bits of them.
Does that make sense?