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Today is a special day; today, I celebrate my First Year of Blogging!
Exactly one year ago today, I published my very first blog post, its titled: My Story, My Vision. It is a brief story about me and my journey with Vision Loss. I started off with this blog because I wanted to reach out to the blind and visually impaired community, I wanted to read and learn their side of the story, but also, I wanted to share my story with the others as well. Simple as that, that’s how my blogging journey began.
To be honest, I had a lack of confidence when I first started blogging, because, I didn’t know how far I could go with my blog, meaning if this is going to be a long-term commitment or just temporary (since I am a busy university student after all). Also, I didn’t know if my blog would reach to many people, or if any at all. But, one year later, I must say, I couldn’t believe the achievements and the friendships I made through blogging. And certainly, I couldn’t be happier with this!
So, in today’s blog, I want to share with you what I’ve learned and or gained through blogging:
I made new friends:
Thanks to blogging, I made a lot of new friends, especially friends in the Blind and Visually Impaired community. I am thankful for these friends, because your story gave me the courage and strength to share my story. Your story touched my heart, and it made me realize that I am not alone, and that we’re all in this journey together. I am thankful for you, and for making me strong. Your presence made a huge difference in my life!
I found a new purpose in life:
It is through blogging, then I became a public speaker. It is through blogging, then I started dedicating my time and energy in working as a disability advocate. It is through blogging, I found a suitable career for myself, and even this career may be different from a ‘normal’ job, but it is a job that I am now so passionate, and dedicate into doing, and in doing it well, because I believe I have the capability to do so. It is, as if, I just discovered a new purpose in life.
I learned important life lessons:
One of the life lessons I learned from blogging is: it’s pointless to compare yourself with others. It is natural that we as humans have this tendency of comparing ourselves with others around us, especially those that are ‘better’ or ‘more successful’ than us, because we all want to be better and successful, but the truth is: then we ‘beat ourselves up’ for it. We often see this world as a competitive place, but it really doesn’t have to be. Comparing oneself with others can be very dangerous and damaging, because the person that does the comparison doesn’t see his or her real strength and capability. The truth is, any one is capable, but not in everything, but we’re all capable with and in different things.
And, another life lesson I learned from blogging is: success is not measured by fame. Often time, we put success and fame together, and assume that a successful person must be famous or that a famous person must be successful. However, the truth is, it doesn’t always have to be this black and white. When I first started blogging, I feared of having no audience and I envied bloggers with hundreds and thousands of followers. The more I put my thoughts on that kind of thinking, the less motivated I become. Then, when I threw away those unhelpful, negative and even damaging thoughts, and instead, I just do what I love to do, without fear or comparing myself with others, that’s when I found my true passion for blogging!
To conclude, in this blogging anniversary, I thank all of you, my friends, my readers, and supporters. Thank you for joining The Invisible Vision Project family, and be part of this journey with me. I couldn’t have done it without all of you, and your accompany!
So, this concludes today’s Blog. Thank you for reading to the end!
By: The Invisible Vision Project