Let’s keep it real!
I chuckle a little as I write this post. ‘Keep it real’ is such a cliché, but as you know, clichés are what they are because they are generally true!
This blog started out as a chronicle of how to control your thinking and keep your thoughts positive, using my stories from Dubai as illustrations of these principles. It wasn’t really meant to be a travel blog.
You will even notice in some of the early pieces that I talk about my ‘4 steps to thought control’ and there may be the odd thing weaved in about how I had to consciously control my thoughts at a pivotal point in a given situation.
But it just wasn’t quite sitting right. I felt like the site and my blogs weren’t exactly hitting the mark and lacked something key – but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
And so… I was at brunch one day, with my lovely husband (who knows me too well), pumping him for feedback on the blog. I have to admit that I was somewhat miffed that he felt reading my posts was optional. If my damn husband wasn’t even motivated to read my stuff then why would someone I don’t know with no emotional investment want to read it?? (for the record, I had a grand total of zero legitimate subscribers at this point!)
So, all along he had been quite non-committal on what he thought of the blog simply saying he thought it was ‘funny’ and ‘interesting’ but not much else. There was also the odd jibe about ‘how is this positive thinking?’ in situations where I was clearly struggling with my inner demons, such as whilst swearing whilst stuck in traffic or while having just been cut off by a crazy-blacked-out windows-white 4wd driver!
Anyway, we started talking and I mentioned that I was feeling that it wasn’t really a true reflection of me and that anyone who really knows me would probably wonder what on earth I was on about with the whole positive thinking caper.
It was like I had opened the feedback floodgates!
He shared how it’s really not ‘me’ to be a positive thinking guru, and that there’s a good chance I haven’t really grasped the fundamentals of positive thought control enough yet to be able to spruik it to other people. He also mentioned a couple of posts where he thought it seemed as though I was on a great roll with telling a funny, ironic story and then all of a sudden I would add something about positive thinking, as though I knew I had to link it back somehow making it appear a little contrived.
This was exactly what I had been thinking! Before we knew it, we were in fits of laughter that I, one of the worlds great sarcasm queens who just loves to poke fun at any situation and can go from happy to crazy in a few short minutes, was trying to provide a website oasis for all the positive thought challenged people out there. No wonder I have no subscribers! I’m sure anyone could see through me in a second!
It was at that moment that I realised, there’s nothing more positive in life than to embrace and love who you really are, whether than meets up to any pre-conceived notions you might have about what who you think you should be. And so, I have made some changes to my site in order to accommodate this much truer reflection of myself.
Oh, by the way, I am still a positive, happy, ‘glass half full’ person and will always strive to share these sentiments with others where I can. I will most likely just disguise this among humorous stories about dirt, dust, traffic and crazy whilst always striving to ‘keep it real’!
I hope you enjoy the real me!