I had a really crappy thing happen to me on Wednesday and it knocked the wind right out of me. You know when you’re sailing along with the sunshine warming your back, the shoreline getting hazier behind you and life stretching out in front across an ocean of possibility and then OOOMPH.
You get hit from behind and down you go, scrambling, capsized, unable to pull yourself out of the black, unfathomable water and back onto the boat.
Well, that’s how I felt on Wednesday and though it was a small thing, a very small thing really, I’m embarrassed to admit that part of me sank like a stone. I wanted to abandon the boat altogether and just swim my little heart out back to the comforting shore instead. That shore was what I knew and the vastness of the ocean suddenly made me feel like I was well out my depth.
But then, something happened. Instead of feeling all the feelings (so many feelings) that I usually feel when someone takes away my wind (I’m not good enough, I deserve to be criticised, I’m hopeless at everything anyway, yep, all those feelings) instead I just started to float across the lot of it. Floating was good. I floated away from the unfair criticism, I floated from the unkind tone, the unfairness of it all; the self-righteousness of people – I floated away from the lot.
From way out there, that ocean suddenly started to look a lot more manageable. By taking in the bigger picture, I realised that life in general is actually pretty manageable.
Be kind, be true, be humble and whenever you can, make the people around you feel like they matter.
It’s not that hard, is it? Just be fucking nice.
Reading – inspired by the exuberant Quett at Olympus, two of my favourite photography blogs: Click it up a Notch and Digital Photography School (hi Darren, loved the Problogger Sydney day on Tuesday!)
Writing – Daily tips about being screen free (are you bored with my screen free obsession yet?)
Making – plans.
Wishing – everyone was nice. Sorry about all the swearing up there, but it felt necessary.
Loving – Uberkate and strong friendships.
Wondering– why everything has to be so hard.
You know someone who is really nice? And smart? And funny? And just the right amount of oddball? Carly from Smaggle, that’s who. Our lovely guest hostie this week is one of Australia’s blogging superstars and someone who I’m lucky to have met IRL many times. You can be lucky enough to meet Carly too because she’s hosting her Little Blog Big Melbourne workshop with Christina, another one of the good ones, next week. Go if you possibly can – these two clever cookies can teach you much about taming the wiley ways of blogging. In the meantime, pop over and say hi to Smags on her blog!
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