Recently I listened to Rich Roll’s Podcast interview of Jedediah Jenkins. Jedediah attracted a large Instagram following during his bike trip from the Oregon coast to Patagonia in 2014. During this interview, Jedediah spoke a phrase that has been on my mind ever since:
Your story is true for you.
In an era of online trolling, of uninformed judgment of one’s truth by strangers, it can be difficult to find online spaces where one’s true story can be shared openly and honestly (not to mention the courage to do the telling in the first place). Jedediah found Instagram to be a haven for positive interaction as he embarked upon his life-altering journey, and this is where he both found and created a community where he could share his journey in real time, telling a broad audience all that he was feeling: happy, sad, lonely, contemplative, in awe, scared, brave.
I admire people like Jedediah, both for his bravery in putting himself out there to the world, as well as his ability to cultivate a community of reciprocal inspiration. I have benefitted immensely from reading about others’ life journeys in recent years, as my husband and I have made several life changes that deviate from cultural norms. The honest and sometimes raw reflections that others share help me process my own life experiences and perspective on a deeper level, and to rethink the space between my values and my actions (as well as what I value in the first place).
This blog is my effort to emulate that which I admire: confronting my insecurity head on by putting my own words out in the blogosphere, and cultivating (and contributing back to) a community of reciprocal inspiration. This is a space for me to present the story that is true for me, and to talk about the various paths that my husband and I have blazed as we embark upon new journeys and challenges. I’m glad you’re here. Let’s have some conversation.