One of my new favorite blogs is Lil Blue Boo. The blogger was recently diagnosed with some serious cancer, but she has this whole “choose joy” philosophy. Literally, her posts are filled with sunshine and magic, and it’s incredible to see someone going through something so scary, but continue to live a full and joyous life. She is so inspiring and I pounce on her blog when a new post shows up in my google reader. She has such a way with words and her story is so optimistic, even in the face of chemo and adversity. She blogs about her journey through cancer, her beautiful daughter, and her booming fabric design business and a little of everything else in between.
Today, she posted a little blurb by Sylvia Plath which really struck a chord in me. The timing of reading this couldn’t be any better.
Write about your own experience. By that experience someone else may be a bit richer some day. Read widely of others’ experiences in thought and action – stretch to others even thought it hurts and strains and would be more comfortable to snuggle back into the comforting cotton-wool of blissful ignorance. Hurl yourself at goals above your head and bear the lacerations that come when you slip and make a fool of yourself. Try always as long as you have breath in your body to take the hard way, the Spartan way – and work, work, work to build yourself into a rich continually evolving entity.
– Sylvia Plath
I love the part about reading other people’s experiences and writing of your own. We can all help each other out in some way if we’re just open to learning. I also love her directing you to “hurl yourself at goals,” because I couldn’t have said it any better myself. If Sylvia had only known about blogging in her time, she would have been a sensation on the interwebs, I’m sure.