You are worth listening to

I read several blogs regularly. I find the content really insightful, the writers are witty, and they touch on things that are important to me. A lot of changes in my life are the thought-spawn of other bloggers, who’s message resonated with me. I started downsizing my possessions, paid a lot more attention to personal finance and savings, and learned how to eat more nutritiously, all from other blogs.

Unexpectedly, though, it seems that a lot of my blog-reading loyalty comes from the commentors. I like to see what other people have to say about the post. Sometimes people offer their own stories, experiences, anecdotes, and advice (those are my favorites). I read through comments on blogs that I like, with the same interest as the post itself.

At first, I thought reading the comments interested me so much because they were so closely related to the topic of the main post. But, after spending the last 30 mins reading stories of how much people spent on their weddings, within the comments of a post on starting a savings account, I realized that I am genuinely interested in what people have to say, in the stories they have to tell, regardless of how it is related.

I’ve struggled with writing publicly in the past because I felt like I didn’t have much to say. I felt like no one would be interested. But, I’m beginning to have a change of heart.

The truth is, I love reading the comments just as much as reading the original blog. Which leads me to believe that everyone has something interesting to say, whether they believe it of themselves or not.

You have something valuable to add to the world, and that makes you my favorite!

I think a lot of people are afraid to voice their opinions, to make themselves heard + seen, because they feel like they don’t matter to the world (at least 2.6 million people in the USA*). But, they matter, and you matter. I know, because I like knowing what you have to say=you matter to me.

Being able to see the value in other people helps me, directly, to be a better person. I’m more cheerful, and I definitely roll my eyes less (a problem I’ve had since childhood—I can’t keep my feelings to myself). Akin to seeing the beauty in the world, seeing the beauty in others really makes the world seem like a better place.

Your turn: what makes you see the world in a more positive light?

*My math comes from the estimated USA population of depressed adults (3.3 mil), 80% of whom feel worthless.


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