Sometimes it feels difficult in the online universe to really be yourself. Or to really want to be yourself. If that makes sense?
Since I started this blog, I’ve made so many good connections. I’ve stumbled on travel blogs from other countries with amazing pictures, athletes, models etc. It’s so nice to see that there’s an influx of good info, for anyone looking to travel or just go outside. It’s been so helpful to me. (Especially with filling up my bucket list!)
If I wanted to compare myself or try to compete to sell up the blog, I could go get an expensive new camera, maybe do my hair and powder my nose for some of those hiking pics… but at the end of the day it wouldn’t be “Joyce” enough for me.
I’ve felt the pressure. Reading a blog with so many beautiful pics of different countries, mountains and expeditions. For a split second I may have wondered, what am I doing? I’m only camping and hiking. Does this really have any value? Then that voice in my head, that’s thankfully much stronger now that I’m older and wiser, says, “You’re being authentic!”
I like that I can show people new things… the sights of Killarney, Algonquin… kayaking, canoeing, geocaching etc. all through the eyes of a beginner. There’s no expert advice here! LOL. I stumble sometimes, (ok let’s be honest… quite frequently actually!) I don’t use fancy equipment. In fact, I’m great at finding a good cheap deal! (Just please never skimp on your safety gear ok?) I’m a real person. I’m not going to dress it up. I just want to show people that no matter what your obstacles are, (I’ve got many), getting outside is awesome. (And hey… its ok to stay inside too if you need to. Just don’t stay there forever.)
I guess this is my promise to you. (Or to myself I should say.) On this blog all I can promise is authenticity. If I tell you about a product, it’s because I genuinely like it. I don’t get paid, but I do love sharing good info and supporting good companies. Although admittedly I haven’t done much of that yet for fear of looking too spammy.
The lesson I learned today that I wanted to share is that it’s important to never lose sight of yourself. Just because some people are climbing Everest doesn’t mean we all have to. And if all the blogs out there were exactly the same, no one would have anything of value to offer anyone else.
I know the more I’m true to myself, the happier I am. Honor where you’re at. Because wherever that is, it’s right where you’re supposed to be.