Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Journey

I feel like this blog has changed dramatically over the last year, and I should add that it's definitely for the better. It no longer houses dark, eating disordered diary entries but more the upbeat, mainstream kind of posts that I guess I believe is what is expected. I was talking to a good friend of mine a few days ago about blogging, discussing how many years ago we both set up a blog anonymously for the same reasons, but also not really knowing where our lives would go and what direction our writing would take. Years later, and this blog has changed and grown, but because of that, the content has had to change. You have to be aware of your readers because the last thing anyone wants, is to be left feeling vulnerable.

But there are some days where I miss just coming on here to write. Write anything. Write anything that comes to mind without thinking about a fancy picture or layout, or being funny or attracting readers. I kind of miss simply writing for myself.

This is my blog after all and it's my choice as to what I write. I (we) should be able to produce content that I can look back on and think wow, you've come a long way or you really were worrying about nothing etc..

And on the note of choices and writing for myself, I want to remind myself that options are great. I am thirteen days away from finishing my degree. I know what I want to do with my life, or at least I think I do. However, getting to that point isn't so clear.. and I need to remind myself that that is OK. I may find that by setting out to do what I think I want to do, that another opportunity arises and that is OK. I may decide to go traveling again and enjoy what the world has to offer, because hell knows I enjoyed it so much last time. I may decide on a completely different career path such as management or journalism. Who knows?!



But not knowing isn't a bad thing like I previously thought it was. Having options means I'm not driven by a set of rigid rules. It means I am free to choose and I should enjoy the process. I think sometimes we set our sights on an end goal, but really there isn't ever an end goal. Life doesn't just stop once we complete our personal missions, and because we forget this, we often forget to enjoy the journey.

The journey - which is just as, if not more, important than the destination.

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Ellie Adams said...

Yes, yes, yes. Absolutely love this post and you are so spot on. I mentioned this in my last post, whilst it's nice to know that your readers will enjoy certain posts... it's also important to blog for YOU. And write about what you want to write about. So some of your readers might not be interested, but it's worth it for producing a post for you. Great post hun! :)


Elle
www.theellenextdoor.com
x

Sam said...

Thank you! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks like this! It's definitely important to remember why you started something in the first place xx

Naomi said...

Incredibly well written post and I completely understand you! It sometimes feels a bit more like I "have" to write it this way, use those photos etc etc. And even though I will always try to just write for me, I 100% understand you!

XO Naomi in Wonderland

Anastasia said...

Write about what makes you happy;at the end of the day it is your blog and you should enjoy this journey :)

xo

http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk



P.S: Congrats on your graduation!!!

Josie's Journal said...

Life's a ride, enjoy the journey ;) It's right what you say, it's the most important thing that you blog for you. Also, I've been reading your blog for yonks and I've noticed the difference too, you definitely seem like you're in a much happier place now and it's SO lovely to see! x

Josie’s Journal

Sam said...

Thank you! xx

Sam said...

I completely agree :) Thank you! xx

Sam said...

Haha too right! And thank you, Josie! I 100% am so much happier and I'm so glad it comes across xx

Nicole said...

I just love everything that you post, Sam! You are so completely right and I am often guilty of focusing too much on where I want to be, what I want to do, rather than just going with the flow and seeing where life takes me, enjoying every step of the journey. I think that there is so much focus on what you achieve that sometimes you forget to just enjoy the here and the now, not bothering about what might come tomorrow and where you might be in a years time, of course those things matter but they shouldn't be the sole focus. I also love what you've said about just writing for you and writing what pops into your mind, not what you think people want to read - there's so much press on bloggers to be a certain way but I always love the people who are a little different and post about things that go beyond what red lipstick is the most perfect. A lovely post, as usual! :)
Nicole xx / www.lifeinginger.com

Sam said...

This is probably one of the best comments I've ever read, so thank you!! xx

Motte said...

It's true, it is about the journey just as much as the destination, but realizing that - you're probably already halfway there! Understanding what that means and truly enjoying the ride is quite an achievement and can only take you great places! x Motte

http://mottesblog.blogspot.com/

Sam said...

You know, you may be right! Thank you xx

TheStyleRawr said...

I completely agree! I try to live in the moment and be happy with what I have right now. This blog is your very own outlet, if you want to fill it with randomness, do! We'll still be here reading. :)

Tara x

Annabel said...

You're just so spot on with this, and I really can't anything more, well nothing of use anyway. And I changed my mind post degree about, 104345 times anyway!

Annabel ♥
Mascara & Maltesers

Sam said...

Aw thank you Tara, that's really reassuring and love of you to say x

Sam said...

Thank you, Annabel! That's also really reassuring haha, you seem to be doing alright now ;) xx

Gemma Davison said...

I'm trying much harder to enjoy each day as it is, and it does feel so much better than worrying about the future. You have such a beautiful soul Sam, so I enjoy reading any of your posts :)

Gems x

Sam said...

Oh that is so kind of you, really did make me smile :) I think it is important to enjoy your life right now because it sounds cliche but who knows what will happen tomorrow! xxx

Sophie Sierra said...

Such a beautiful post Sam, and written straight from the heart. Freedom of speech is the best, as bloggers we should be able to write whatever we want, but I feel you on missing writing for yourself. It's hard not to worry about what to write, but I'm so glad you know it's your space and you have the right to say whatever you want to say :)

And I really admire you for having such a positive, healthy outlook on the future and what it brings, be it career, travel, or options. We definitely all need to take a leaf out out of your book, you're an inspiration <3

Sophie | soinspo xo

Sam said...

Oh thank you, Sophie! It is great to receive such wonderful comments like this as it makes blogging 100% worth it! You are so lovely xx

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