Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

Let me start off by saying that you mean far more to me than that word (friends) can express.

I have been on WordPress for just over a year now and I have had many ups and downs; Far more downs than I care for, but at this point I just have to accept that unfortunately it is a part of who I am. All I can do is try harder each time to prevent the struggles before they take hold.

Ever since I joined this community, I have been welcomed with open arms. I have received an unbelievable amount of support from all of you in the forms of likes, follows, reposts, kind and encouraging comments, donations and so much more. Some of you have gone above and beyond to show and tell me that you believe in me and it has continually touched my heart.

I can say with all honesty that I have never felt accepted anywhere before, in the real world or in the digital world. As hard as I tried, I always felt like I was in the shadows. I felt like nobody wanted to listen to what I said. My words and comments felt like a stray that was never noticed. I tried so hard to fit in that I felt like I was doing and saying things just to please others. This furthered my feelings of rejection, because I didn’t know how to act to get the approval of these people.

Fast forward to last year, I started this WordPress account. I am not certain at this point why I started this blog and I never in a million years predicted that it would become a second home to me filled with love and support of so many like minded, wonderful human beings.

I decided to be open and honest from the start. I suppose I figured that nobody would read my words and so I felt free to say how I really felt. All of a sudden people from all over the world were reaching out to me, informing me they could relate to my tellings or offering the most appreciated advice and encouragement.

For the first time in my life, I felt like what I said mattered. Not only could I be open and truly be myself, but I was also helping others. This has always been an important factor to me. I have always wanted to help people, but I wasn’t sure what I could do. I didn’t feel I had anything to offer.

I know I have said it before, but if it wasn’t for you, yes you who is reading this right now, then this blog would not exist. You have made this blog what it is today and you have helped me more than you will ever know. You gave me the confidence to speak up, you gave me a voice.

I truthfully don’t see what you do when it comes to the things I write, but I trust in your confidence in me and that is why I continue to do so.

I have spent the last year finding my voice and I think I have finally found it. There is so much I want to do and say and I believe it is possible, because you believe in me. I am not completely confident in myself, but I think that one day I can be.

Thank you for accepting me for who I am. Thank you for sticking with me, even when I have struggled. Thank you for listening to the things I have to say. Thank you for offering your kind words, advice and encouragement. Thank you for continued support. Thank you for giving me a voice. Thank you for giving me a place I can belong. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being you. If I could hug each and every one of you I would.

Until next time, a thousand times, thank you.

-Sara

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Coincidentally, this is my 200th post. Which is all the more reason to say thank you!

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71 Comments

  1. A touching piece of writing. It is good to feel you find your voice. For some it means nothing. But I know what you mean. And again you touch my heart. Congratulations with your 200 posts. Best wishes for us all!

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  2. And thank you for sharing, for being open and honest, for being so generous with your poetic offerings, for your wit and humour, for your own personal brand of crazy, for your selfless blogging. And most importantly, for being you.

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  3. You are such an amazing young woman. (Everyone is younger than me lol) Your posts are always awesome to read and you give as much support and love as you receive. I am sending you lots of big hugs (put some in a box for when you need a boost 🙂 ) and I look forward to reading you for many year.

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  4. You almost scared me… I thought you were going to say good-bye. Thank God, that’s not the case. I look forward to reading you every day, and so I am thrilled you are going to stay here. You do have a voice, and it’s validated here in our WP world. I feel the same thing you do, and I don’t know what I would do without the friendships I have made here.
    So happy you were not saying good-bye. Have a good evening Sara! 🙂

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  5. Hey, Sara. Not only do your words matter but YOU matter! I’m so delighted to read this as I know that life can be tough but you’ve lots of support on here. And I love reading what you write. Life can get better…..and whilst we can’t control some things, we can try to do little things to make us smile. It sounds as if blogging is important to you and gives you a lift, and I get that! Hugs, Sarah xx

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  6. Dear Sarah, this post was so heartfelt and honest. I’m sure you express the very same feelings for many of us. We are a community regardless of creed culture or generational age. The relative anonymity of WordPress allows us to be, and for others to see us for who we truly are – words are so revealing – before other influencing factors like appearance or status sway our assessments. As writers we are adept at sniffing out integrity or falsehood by reading subtext. I’m so glad you feel you’re home and can use your voice. You have important things to say that will help others.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn. Never did I think I would be able to help people, but even if something I write just helps one person, then I know it is worth it. This is a true community and one I have never seen before. I’m proud to be part of it.

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  7. It really is a great community, I’ve been blogging for the last 5 years and while I’m still under 100 followers, I love every minute of it. It really does make you feel more connected with the world and not so alone. You’re an absolute joy to read and one of the few blogs I read consistently; I love seeing your growth and am excited to see where you take your writing.

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    1. Hey Avalon, my spam filter seems to have something against you. I have just found a load of comments from you that haven’t come through. I hope you don’t think I have been ignoring you!

      What do you mean by things haven’t been looking up? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help. 🙂

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      1. It’s all right, that happens to me, too! 😁 The only difference is that, my spam is really filled with spam!

        Well, it’s just that my life seemed to have remained pretty much stagnant where my writing is concerned. Is what I meant. It’s all right – I think I should help myself. 😃 I’m trying a few tricks. Takes years to make a difference – or so people tell me.

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  8. Hey Sarah, congratulations on the posting milestone!

    I’m just starting my first year, and many of my reasons resonate with yours! I truly hope that I too can find that place that can make a difference!

    So glad it has for you

    Cheers

    Stephen

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  9. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again – You are a talented writer, and poet. You truly are! Every post that you publish is meaningful, and has touched me in some way. Congratulations on writing 200 posts! What an accomplishment. I passed the 500 post mark just recently, and it felt exhilarating!! Here’s to 200 more, and 200 more, and more!

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    1. 500?! Wow, well done, that is an amazing accomplishment for you! Thank you for complimenting my writing. It fills my heart with joy to hear that what I write means something to you. You’ve made my day.

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  10. Congratulations on post no.200 😊
    I was always told when I was little that honesty is the best policy and the one thing that struck me about WordPress is that there is no judgment. I am constantly amazed by people’s kindness toward me when they know nothing about me. I too feel part of the ‘community’ and it feels good to know that what I say may make a difference to someone someday xx

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