In case you haven’t noticed, I’m having a hard time getting back into blogging. After I was forced away due to lack of internet in Brazil, I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. The sad part is, I haven’t even really missed it. I think I just got to a point where I was overwhelmed by it and by what this blog turned into for me. It was never meant to be a miscarriage blog. It started as a way to connect my family back home to my pregnancy, so they could be a part of the changes in my body and the growth of their grandchild from afar…but then it got forced into the exact opposite. Which, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I could never fully express how thankful I am for this community that I’ve discovered and the people I’ve met through it. I would never give that back. I shutter to think where I’d be without you all.
It’s just…when I come to this space now, I just feel kind of blah. Although, if I’m being honest, I think I’m feeling that way in many areas of my life outside of my blog, too. I was telling Tim last night that I can’t remember the last time I was truly happy. I mean, I’ve found happiness here and there, but I can’t remember the last time I was literally beaming from joy or bursting at the seems with excitement. This past year and half has beaten the crap out of me and has left me wondering who the hell this new Courtney is and what it is that gives her happiness now. I don’t do anything for myself for purely the joy of it, I don’t even know what that would be at this point. I think part of my separation from my blog has been to re-access my life. I’ve spent a lot of time coming here to vent my sadness, but then I get sucked into it and have a hard time separating this life from my real life. I need to get better at that. I want to come here and talk about joyful things, things that make me happy and make my life worth living. I want this space to be positive again. Maybe, just maybe, I’m tired of hearing myself whine and I’m just ready to be happy again.
Brazil forced me out of my wallowing every day life and into a life of the unknown. A life where the sun was warm on my skin and the water that surrounded me gave me an energy I didn’t realize I needed. For a couple of weeks after I returned, every time my acupuncturist saw me he said Brazil was still surrounding me, the effects of it palpable. But now I think that’s gone and I’m craving a way to find it here, in the life I have to live every day. I guess this connects to my last post, in that I think I can achieve this with practicing living in the now. I know it’s possible, it’s just going to take some work.
It’s funny, I think once I started getting readers, it stopped being solely about me here. That’s not to say every post I have written hasn’t been from a genuine place or written with complete and utter honesty and I have never altered my thoughts or feelings to cater to an audience. But it made it easier to focus on the reason they found me to begin with. It made me obsessed with how many hits I got in a day and how many subscribers I had. As awesome as it felt (and still feels) to know people want to read my words, it’s not why I should blog. It’s not why anyone should blog. (Although, anyone who spent junior high and high school feeling constantly picked on and left out would be lying if she said it didn’t feel good to be liked. It certainly does!) And as a result of stepping back and forcing myself to stop obsessing about my hits, it has made me re-evaluate why I’m here. I want to readjust my focus. It doesn’t mean I won’t still talk about my struggles with my losses, they’re a part of me now. I just need to make a conscious effort to focus on the things in my life I am thankful for. I am blessed with so much in this life of mine, and I need to stop ignoring those things and surround myself in them instead.
I hope by saying all of this, I don’t offend any of you still reading. You still mean the world to me and I hope you don’t go away. Maybe you already have, and I promise I don’t blame you. And if I am able to shift my focus and concentrate on happier things, it doesn’t mean I won’t be here to give you the support you may need. I can’t erase what I’ve gone through, and in a way, I wouldn’t want to (although, I guess I would trade my year of hell if it meant I’d have my babies here, but you know what I mean). This community has given me the strength to get where I am now. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to recognize the bubble I’ve been in and how desperately I’m ready to get out.
When I finally get to be a mother, I want to be able to show my child joy and happiness in our every day life. I would hate for he or she to have a mother that just lives day to day without a smile on her face. I have faith I can find it. And in the meantime, I’m still here for every one of you that need me. And I thank you with my whole heart for being here for me. I wouldn’t be here without you.
I hope just maybe you’ll still stick with me through this all. I know I have so much more to give…not just to Tim and the people around me, but to myself. I deserve better than this. I deserve to beam with joy and burst with excitement. And I know it’s possible.