Monday, 10 October 2016

You Are Important

Today I want to tell you something you may have forgotten. A tiny wisp of information that might have got drowned out by all the noise created by modern life.

You are important 

Its so easy when you view your life through the distorted optics of social media, television and magazines  to feel that your life is small. 
Looking at other peoples worlds can be inspiring, but can also leave you with a feeling that the things that make you happy, your day to day existence isn't that interesting and you are not really very important.

I'm here to call bullshit on that idea. If the popularity of blogging, vlogging and social media influencing has proved anything, its that one persons ordinary, is another persons inspiration.

Just because your day to day existence isn't peony filled, candle lit and Instagram filtered doesn't make it any less wonderful. Why? because your messy, imperfect, reality contains you and you are one of a kind.

I'm sharing these pictures to accompany this post because they illustrate a recent event where I decided that my "small,local" life was actually more wonderful and inspiring to me than something that might well be more social media worthy.

Last month I attended a local event called "EarthFest" 
I go every year, its really special to me. Its about my local community coming together to pledge a gentler approach to this world we inhabit. Its a day of folk music, art, food and gathering. 
This year it clashed with a major plus size fashion event, an event that is considered pivotal in any plus size bloggers calendar, a glamorous, wonderful event that should probably be a priority on any plus size bloggers agenda.An event that even a year ago I would have attended in favour of a glorified village fete.

The last few years have seen me prioritize where I put my energy, who I invest time with and I've started to realise that the small, not very glamorous, unbragworthy things in my life are often where the magic is.

Attending Earthfest in a dress by Oxfam, catching up with friends, being with my family, watching the dog be silly, these things  are important. Its the unstaged, un-photoshopped, everyday experiences that give us meaning and substance. They are interesting and yes important.
So if you catch yourself feeling that your week hasn't been really very exciting, especially when compared to the photos and videos you have seen from others on social media, remember you are important and wonderful and what you do is awesome.
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  1. Another hugely inspiring blog xx Sometimes reading social media sites like facebook can leave me feeling worthless and that I don't do anything exciting any more, compared to my friends and fb friends. This blog has had the opposite effect :) I've got a stressful and not very nice week ahead and you have made me feel better about myself no matter what happens so thank you babe x

  2. Great post and your words are so true! Appreciation and gratitude for what you have makes it easier to cope with "feeling small in comparison to everyone else's world".

  3. Such an important message! Comparing yourself can be so bad for your mental health, and I wish people realised more that what people share online is just little snippests, the highlight reel!

  4. Fantastic post!

    As a new mama, the days and weeks can run into each other and it's easy to beat yourself up. finding a tribe is hugely important for your mental health, yet finding one where I fit has been so hard, especially as I've finally embraced my love of vintage and try to wear a vintage look every day now. It was important to me that I didn't lose myself and become just mum all the time. God bless my retro mummies tribe! They've kept me sane!

  5. I was nodding all the way along and 'unbragworthy' hit me in the gut. I don't want a bragworthy life, I just want a happy one. I'm REALLY in a pickle about what direction to take my blogging life in, and my life in general, but I know what I've been doing recently isn't me any more. Certain aspects of our blogging community are built on capitalism and unrealistic beauty standards, and reading so many bloggers who buy into it wholesale really fucks with my mental health. I think it's time to step away from the community, go on a blog detox and find myself again. Much love. xxx

  6. Be the change you want to see in this world. Great sentence to see.
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