Almost done with the Blog Everyday in May Challenge!
I hope I haven’t bored you guys with too much “about me” info, but I’m really happy I did this. It has quickly made me a lot more comfortable writing about personal things on the blog, and that is something I have really tried to do!
Need the background of this challenge? Here’s what I’m doing. See Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.
22. Rant about something.
(None of you, of course. I love you all.)
Manners. The manners I’m ranting about above, in particular.
Individuality. How to be your own person – like, an independent, be-who-you-feel, don’t-care-what-other-people-think person. In fact, school tried to teach me the exact opposite of that. For a long time.
Intuition. Whether your intuition actually works well for you, knowing when to follow your gut, or even how to listen to it takes some serious self-reflection. School can’t teach you that.
Change. How to change when you need to, and embrace it. How to accept change, too, and deal with it. Only life can teach you that.
24. Your top 3 worst traits.
Judgment (is that the right noun to use to say I’m a judgmental person? Sounded weird to me. Kind of ironic, considering I’m super judgmental about grammar.)
Silence. I don’t mean I speak softly, or that I don’t speak much. I talk a lot, and sometimes I’m quite loud. I mean I don’t speak up. I’ve only recently realized felt comfortable voicing an opinion different than the people you’re talking with. If I disagreed, I’d just stay silent. I’m working on that for small things that don’t matter – it’s okay if I hate a movie everyone else loves, still love that annoying song that’s overplayed on the radio, or proudly tell people I’m vegan. But I still fail to speak up sometimes, care too much about pleasing people.
I really don’t want to be the preaching judgmental vegan (don’t mind being judgmental about other things, but this I avoid voicing), so I keep my mouth shut even when I could enlighten someone, or correct a mistaken belief. I avoid the subject of religion entirely because I just don’t want to have that conversation unless it’s with someone who already agrees with me completely. Hot topics like those, and politics, gay rights, environmental issues, that really matter to me – I don’t talk about. I wish I could work up the nerve more. A lot more.
25. Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad).
The ugh prompt of the week. I dunno! This was a sad realization: the only things that came to mind for the last few days were either compliments that were very flattering but that I do not agree with, or were mean comments that I also disagree with, and do not want to repeat! Negative brain! Remember other things, please!
Orrr how bout use a negative thing that was retracted? A couple of my best friends in law school decided to tell me one day that when they met me, they (and apparently many other classmates) thought I was incredibly unfriendly. I was shocked! I consider myself a very friendly person. So do they now. But apparently at the start of school I had an unfriendly vibe. A face, perhaps. Sure, sometimes I still get shy. Or intimidated. Or simply wary of strangers (for real. Strangers are scary, right?)
I’m pretty sure this is my problem:
26. Something you read online.
I got really confused by this. I already posted my five favorite blogs. What could this prompt possibly mean? Facebook? Does that count?
Oh right, there’s far more to read online than blogs. I forget.
I try to read the news. Law school taught me to be incredibly self-centered and focus only on what I needed to get done. It’s been hard to pay attention to the rest of the world since then. I try.
I read Daily Odd Compliment, a funny Tumblr.
I read an unnecessary amount of Buzzfeed lists.
I read as much of those sneak previews of books I can access on Amazon.
27. A letter to your readers.
I am certain that you are the most awesome people I do not know. I wish I could meet every single one of you, have a chat over a table full of food. I absolutely love hearing from you, knowing that you exist, reading your comments/emails/your own blogs.
My little blog is really for me – I would keep writing it, keep making recipes and taking photos if nobody read. I do it because I love it, not because I need readers.
Oh, but I love having readers stop by. Feeling like I’m actually talking to some friends when I write this, not just having an internal dialogue. I know some of my internet friends check in almost everyday, like sending a quick “how you doing today?” text to a good friend. Some you have a longer catch-up once a week, and get all the nitty-gritty details, like you would with a friend over a bottle of wine and some dinner. Some of you maybe come by on occasion and just get the highlights, a quick cup of coffee when you can squeeze it into a busy schedule.
You may read every little word I write, all the details, or just browse through the pictures. You may skip straight to the recipes and ignore the rest. No matter what kind of reader you are, I love having you as my internet friends.