I blog about my travels. I post pictures to my Instagram and Facebook of good times in exotic locations. I often hear, "I'm living vicariously through you." That statement is both flattering and disturbing. The quote comes from a place of love and excitement from family and friends. While I embrace the support, I can't help but wonder if I'm painting a false picture of my life on social media.
My blog posts about my experiences in Cameroon seemed to resonate with a lot of you. I think that was because I shared experiences that were unfamiliar AND transparent. Transparency about my feelings and failures caused many of you to share your own experiences as words of encouragement. As a result of that, I felt incredibly connected. Writing with transparency is also very therapeutic. It lifts the burden of perfectionism and helps me to process my feelings. There's something very refreshing and humanistic about revealing my shortcomings. And if that means deeper connections with those who read my posts, that's the direction of this blog, moving forward.
As the quote states, transparency makes you vulnerable. No one I know likes being vulnerable. And I might end up regretting this. However, this is just what feels right. So here it goes. I'd like for this to be a travel blog that does more than superficially talk about where to stay or what to eat. Part of the reason I'm addicted to travel is because it helps me to learn about myself and grow. If I'm going to share the good, it's just as important to share the "bad". In a couple of days, I'm off to another exotic (this time domestic) location. It just so happens the trip is on the anniversary of a huge, life altering event. It's impossible for me not to think about this event, regardless of where I might be geographically. Hopefully blogging about it will provide some personal healing and encouragement to someone else. Stay tuned.