I Wonder If You’ll “Like” This.

How many likes will this get?  Will you follow me now?

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If you’re in a business that requires a following or you’re like me and plan to write a book, or paint or sing, we depend on that audience that we reach out to, to support our endeavors,  social media has become the stage on which we perform daily.

It’s remarkable how social media has brought long lost family members back together, how it connects us with the world, how we can keep up with all the going’s-on with loved ones, but it has also hampered our freedom from not seeking approval from others. It takes courage to reveal your innermost thoughts or your passions in front of the social media world and that world can be cruel or it can be accepting, and as much as we don’t want it to be true, we crave acceptance.  As I write this my mind can’t help but wonder if people will like it, will they like or follow my page or my blog?

Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that I’m writing for me as much as I’m writing for you.  I write because it’s therapeutic, it frees me of all the toxic words, emotions and energy that might otherwise become stuck inside of me.  When you dance or sing, it frees you too, when you are out in nature or on a busy street and you see the “perfect shot”, you take it because your camera lens is the kaleidoscope through which your emotions connect.

I write to connect with people on a soul level, to tell stories, to hold space for someone with my words and let them know, I know exactly how they feel, I write to guide people on their paths based on my own.  I have been in those dark, scary places and I have been to the top of the mountain celebrating life.

Most of us spend a good portion of our time basing at least some of our self-worth on others reactions, either in person or on social media via a like, a re tweet, a share or better yet, by following us. It’s exhausting keeping up with trying to figure out what people want to read, see or hear. We second guess ourselves, “did I share too much of myself, am I not sharing enough”.

I am in no way bashing social media, in fact, I’m grateful for it, I have made some wonderful connections with others that I wouldn’t have otherwise, I share my art form with women that are supportive to one another, I have reconnected with my own long lost relatives and I get to share all the special moments that my family and friends are having by scrolling through the photos they post.  I love social media!

But today I am writing for me and I encourage and applaud you to free yourselves and paint a picture with the colors that light up your soul, dance to or sing the songs that speak to you, take the photos you want to take because you recognize the beauty in them.

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Create for you, because when we connect with our gifts and passions, we extend our creative hand out into the world and only then, is when someone out there can grasp it.

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8 thoughts on “I Wonder If You’ll “Like” This.

    • Kimberly Brochu May 24, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks Heather, it’s awesome to connect on that deeper level isn’t it?

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  1. Rachel Kieffer May 24, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Social media is such a double edge tool, it can be wonderful and it can be toxic, it can help us connect and it can make us disconnect, it can help us shine and it can make us shrink. Like any tool, knowing how to use it is important. I find that having boundaries helps me, sometimes I limit my time, I am choosy about what I look at and i make sure that I also have offline connections and interaction to balance out living in a virtual world.

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    • Kimberly Brochu May 24, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks for your comment Rachel, I agree , boundaries and balance are so important!

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  2. Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) May 24, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I love that last sentence too. Create for yourself. Although I gotta say, when I knit I knit prayers for the person I think I’ll be gifting the piece too. Also when I make a painting. So I create for me while creating for others.

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  3. Kara Hope Clark May 31, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I love this Kimberly! I have some of the same thought processes too with my blog. I especially felt the last sentence to my core. Thank you for your wise words and having the courage to put yourself out there for all the world to see! ❤

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    • Kimberly Brochu May 31, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog & for your kind comments! I’m so happy it resonated with you❤️

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