I’m Jess (they/them), a (mostly) adult who’s been searching for ways to connect with the world. I’m glad you decided to join me!
I could easily keep all my thoughts to myself in a personal journal. In fact, I do! So why bring all that out into the world? I believe that the world is in need of education, about all sorts of things. But educating the world is almost impossible. Have you tried educating just one person? You have to fight uphill to push past their society ingrained biases and previous understandings of the world. Trust me, I know learning that the world doesn’t work the way you thought it did can be overwhelming. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve sometimes chosen not to educate others, even though I could. But how else can I expect other people to learn, to grow, if they aren’t confronted by people within their own lives who can tell them otherwise? So, in an effort to provide information to people who otherwise may not have it, and in an effort to preserve my own emotional and mental wellbeing, I’ve chosen this format for education. My hope is that it will be real enough for others to connect with and also be removed enough for me to take a break when needed.
Another aspect of opening up on a public format is for all of you who’ve ever felt the way I do. Those of you who have felt removed from society, family, and friends. Those of you who have sometimes wondered if anyone truly cares or notices you. I want you to know that I’m here too. I feel these things and more. So my hope for you is that you realize that within all of those feelings, life can still bring many good things. Take your time and don’t rush. If you’re stuck in those feelings, know that you’re still okay. And know that I’m here.
This blog could go places or absolutely nowhere. I don’t know how it’ll turn out and that’s okay. For now, I plan on discussing interpersonal topics such as familial relationships and social connectedness. I also plan on delving into things that are pretty personal and dear to me: childhood trauma, self-concept, and living with life choices. Take what you will from this: all, some, or nothing.
There’s an aspect of sharing myself via this format that doesn’t exist when I’m journaling for myself: YOU. You’re here, and no matter the reason, I am really grateful. As much as I hope that this blog can reach others, I know it’s a two-way street. So any time you want to reach out, please do. I look forward to hearing from you, talking with you, and using your feedback to create the best impact I can.