Happy blog birthday to me!! My blog turns 3 years old today.
I had no grand expectations when I started blogging.
Overwhelmed by misconceptions about narcolepsy in movies and media, blogging provided me my own platform, my “happy bubble” to speak my truth.
I never imagined that by sharing my experience, others would feel less alone. In turn, folks have shared positive feedback and their own inspirational stories. This support has meant the world to me.
This past year, you’ve helped me through the darkest days after my father’s passing, to later cheer me on running Mt Washington in his honor. You’ve encouraged me along the journey of writing a book, which thankfully, is weeks away from being available!
If I could impart any knowledge, as a mature 3-year-old blogger, it’s this: If you don’t like what someone else says, run. Don’t look back, don’t bother trying to change that one person’s opinion. Instead, go find your own platform, where you can speak your truth loud and clear, on your own terms. Because it’s not about changing one person’s opinion, it’s about changing lots of people’s opinions. And I find that when I speak from a place of confidence and heart, my words carry farther than when I am feeling defensive.
This strategy has helped me maintain sanity in the face of so much misinformation about narcolepsy online.
With my narcolepsy memoir releasing in December, stay tuned for lots of excitement to come.
In closing, thank you for being my REM Readers. Thank you for commenting and sharing. Thank you for being my blogosphere family!
Forever grateful and smiling,
Julie a.k.a. the REM Runner/Writer
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