5 years ago today, I started this blog. I vividly remember yearning to create something that was all mine. Something. Anything. I needed more than the monotone of what my life had become. So I started this blog, fussed over the theme, thought long and hard about the voice. I created a space to write my heart out, post pictures, post quotes, poems, anything, my space to be creative, and do whatever I wanted. Effloresce23 was born.
In a way, this little corner of the internet was (still continues to be) my savior.
5 years later, it continues to be my favorite place on the internet. I’m most grateful for how it has blossomed and what it means to me.
This year is all about leveling up, of doing things in the next level, take any ordinary thing like drinking OJ in the morning and take it up a notch, drink it in champagne flutes. This is the year of being expansive, to take everything and make it larger than life.
Why? you ask, I say why not?
Lets take 2018 and make it the start of a big life! why? because we deserve it.
I declined a job interview today because I was told “off the record” that the people I was supposed to meet with were going to be “Rude”. But I was assured that I wasn’t to worry or take it to heart because they are rude to everyone (all the time). I was most surprised by the nonchalant tone in which this information was given to me.
After my initial reaction (see below), I started thinking about all the new rules that make up our social construct, and how desensitized we are.
The more progress we make in our technological prowess, the less we seem to care about concepts like politeness and good manners.
Just like language is rapidly changing, and internet shorthand has taken over and is used more and more instead of English, so are social norms. Key board warriors and trolls who probably have no social skills are unleashing their venomous attitudes on unsuspecting people of the internet, which slowly is seeping into real life as well. News of someones rude behavior is not only accepted, its rewarded (moat times).
The ONLY way I will deal with rudeness is by shutting it the hell down as quickly as I can, and make no apologies for it. After all, bullies back off when you stand up to them.
As far as my today’s decision, I have no doubts that its the right one. Thanks but no thanks, you and your rudeness can go over there.
Sometimes when things become too monotonous, and stress levels run high, the inevitable result is the dreaded Block. The Writers Block. For which, ironically, the only cure is writing. But for the likes of me, the easier way to handle the block is to busy myself with the most elaborate to-do lists, give myself no time to think, and avoid writing altogether. Its awful, and I spend every free moment feeling guilty. But hey, I’m only human. Sure I’ll be getting into marathon writing mode in no time.