I was pursuing my Google Analytics page the other day when I came across a search term that someone found my blog by. It was:
"Finding Your Voice"
Naturally my mind jumped into Super Writer Mode and went to town with details of why someone would run a search like that through Google.
Perhaps that someone needed a little encouragement. Maybe they needed to speak out against someone or something, but were scared to do it. Struggling with identity. Struggling with self-doubt. In an abusive relationship...you get the idea. There are a million possibilities. Either way --
I've been that someone before, and it both saddens me and brings me joy that they would find my blog with such a term. It makes me sad to think of all the people out there (especially teens) who haven't found their voice, but it makes me SO happy that they would find my blog -- and maybe a little encouragement. One of my long-standing life goals is to make a difference in the lives I touch, and I hope this is another way I can do so.
Whoever you are out there in internet land, I hope you get this message:
Speak up. Don't be scared, and don't discount yourself. You have something valuable to say and you should say it. I support you. Most of all, I believe in you.
I wish someone had said the same thing to me when I was younger.