A month ago, I wrote a post on why I had stopped writing, not entirely sure if I would ever get back completely in the groove again. Immediately, you guys flooded me with positivity and emails.
Recently, I have been writing again, and every week I’m greeted with more and more of your voices in my inbox. And trust me, that makes my day — to know that what I’ve penned has had an impact on you, even if it’s as simple as the fact that I’ve made you hungry with all the talk of food. For others, the impact has been much more profound and my mind is blown when you tell me your stories.
This Monday, I went out to dinner with a gal who had found me via one of my more personal posts. We had an amazing conversation about love and life, being in our early 20s, and the liberation that comes with being single and young and curious.
The real life connections I’ve made by pressing “Publish” has been invaluable.
And the comments. Some of you guys have been following my career since I started writing in college and I’m so grateful for it. You see, you’ve made an impact in my life too. Hearing your feedback is what propels me to get up, open a blank window, and start typing from the heart.
I’ve recently started a new chapter in my life and in the beginning it was a reality that was tough to stomach. Change is scary. But waking up to these little tidbits of positivity and emails from you all has really made my days.
Social media, the Internet, media, and all that jazz gets a bad rap in this day and age. But as impersonal as it all can be, the reality is that behind each screen is a real life person with feelings, thoughts, ambitions, and emotions.
And it’s lovely to be able to connect through this medium. So for the people who have pressed that “Like” button, typed “HI CLARISSA!”, left a comment… and especially those who have ended up as dear friends from all of this — thank you.
You’ve all made a profound, deep, and lasting impact in my life.