How can it be that I’ve never come across this wonderful quote by author Anne Lamott until now? It completely speaks to my heart, especially the part about owning your story!
I just keep thinking how true this sentiment is, especially in my life as a blogger! And, yes, I say “life” for a very specific reason — because blogging has never been just a career to me. From day one, it’s been part of my life, something I’m so attached to that cutting me off from it would probably be akin to losing a limb.
In fact, I used to have this disclaimer on my sidebar (OK, maybe some would even call it a warning)…
If I fall in love with you or you break my heart, you’ll find yourself in these pages.
So I’m pretty sure I ticked off a guy or two over the years with my honest tales. A guy I went to college with even blocked me on Twitter years ago; I’m guessing he probably didn’t appreciate my assessment of him, but, you know, he did behave that way, so…
Plus, take my polo shirt essay on Racked last week as another example: As a disabled woman, I’d never considered myself a fashionista, but here I am, actually WRITING ABOUT IT!!! I’m so glad I got to write about my love of polo shirts and how they helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin. This was my story and it was freeing to be able to tell it openly and honestly. To hear people say that they appreciate my open, honest and vulnerable voice? THIS is why I write!! I’m humbled from the bottom of my heart!!!
The lesson here?
NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHARE YOUR STORY. OWN IT. Don’t let anyone tell you that disability and fashion can’t co-exist! And above all, don’t ever let anyone tell you that your story doesn’t matter. Because it does — and it always will. Express yourself to the world!! #BeBraveBeYou
You go girl!
Judith Liebaert says
One of my all time favorite quotes that I oft repeat to my relatives just to keep them on their toes! Love your writing Melissa – you are an inspiration.
Tyla Milian says
Over the years I’ve developed a pretty open disclosure policy about my disabilities and my life in general. It just feels right. When you share your story, you empower yourself and others. Thanks for promoting this empowerment Melissa.