Is it possible to go back to the way things were?
No, not really.
This blog was never meant to be a place that would garner millions of followers. It was also never designed to sell products or scandals. Back in November of 2018, I, a twenty-something year old, wished to express my art during personal times of uncertainty. But the completion of these motivational texts, rantings, and stories were also influenced by meaning. I wished to bring joy to others.
One of the awesome things about the internet is that it gives us the opportunity to reach a wider audience. We can see social media posts from people that come from different walks of life and realize something fundamental. While hearing their voices, we feel less lonely. Physically, they may not be close by, but their aspirations are closely aligned with ours. These people can change our lives, and sometimes we notice it later.
Unfortunately, globalization brings forth ugliness too. The young and impressionable are especially in danger of falling into a dark pit when their former heroes deeply hurt them. During times of mass unrest and social isolation, the internet becomes an unstable refuge. And restarting or turning off the machine won’t always solve the underlining problems. Every person must heal.
Before abandoning this blog about a year ago, I had somewhat of a schedule and vague ideas for future posts. I ended up leaving because my job required lots of creative energy. Life has changed a lot since then and it is easy to mourn the loss of what I once deeply cherished. Screaming out of anger or crying out of pity can be therapeutic, but at the end there must be some reasoning behind those actions. Keep in mind also that the whole world was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.
Is it possible to go back to the way things used to be? No, and quite honestly nostalgia is to blame for distorting our perceptions. The belief that good things will come can become cliché and overdone, but it remains true. Life changes and growth occurs although it may hurtful. Don’t lose hope.
Blogging is cathartic, and hopefully it can make a difference in the reader’s life.