The Medium is the Message| 3 Quotes Challenge

Thank you msykmak for nominating me for the 3 Quotes Challenge. 

My chosen quote is…

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone. 

Shannon L. Alder

I just started blogging a few weeks ago. Before then, I never followed blogs, I never read blogs. 

Since starting this “writing adventure”, I have realized something special about the process of writing, specifically blogging.

Writing is both a revelatory and therapeutic experience. Don’t you think so? 

Revelatory in a sense that the process of writing reveals a lot about yourself to yourself.  It requires you to remove the fluff clouding your thoughts so you can get to the core of what you want to say or how you feel.  Like an archeologist, you have to dig through the dirt in order to find what has been long buried. In a sense, it’s self-discovery. 

Therapeutic as it is a form of expression. It allows you to both externalize and internalizes your thoughts and feelings to a more creative form.  It gives you a more nuanced perspective. 

The fact that blogging is both revelatory and therapeutic is exactly the reason I have been finding myself at odds. It feels rather selfish blogging, especially when I notice I have been using a lot of personal pronouns in my writing. “I, I, me, me”. Then I stop.

And then I start again. I realize that is the point of blogging. I often find myself feeling alone, but when I read a blog or writing from someone about their experiences, I somehow feel less alone. I also begin to understand the writer’s experience. I become a more empathetic person to those around me. 

I had a friend tell me something I have never forgotten: “Everyone wants to be understood”.  

Often people are depressed because they feel alone. It is not hardship in itself that pains people, it is the feeling of being alone, but the feeling of not being understood. It is what isolates people into their own melancholy.  

When I think about it. Movies are a form of escapism. An opportunity to tap out of reality and experience something different from your everyday life. Most times (not all times) when you read, you are looking to connect or understand.  Maybe with blogging, the “median is the message”-Marshall McLuhan.

Sharing experiences through avenues such as blogging lets people know they are not alone. And that is one of the most important things anyone can do. 

What do you think? 

 

Otto Regular

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The Rule Book: 

1.Thank the person who nominated you 

2.Post a quote for 3 consecutive days 

3.Nominate 3 bloggers 

I nominate… authoronablog

Maybe its time I become myself…

 

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Do I start with a contemplative quote, a heart jarring lyrical verse, a revelatory scripture from the Bible, or do I try to be witty to garner your attention?

These were my thoughts as I was getting ready to write this post.  But, I have tossed away any ambitions of composing an ornate intro.  Rather, I will start with my simple, yet true thoughts…

I am Malaika King—just call me Malaika—- and this is my very first blog post.

As I am now 25, I am facing some internal and external challenges I need to overcome— some new, most of them old.

When it comes to my internal challenges, the question is not where do I start—it is where do they end? 

I take the risk of sounding cliche, but I have been struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety and the feeling of incompetency.

At the end of everyday, there is this nagging and persistent thought always tapping on my shoulder—that I am not the woman that God has ordained me to be.  In fact, not a day has passed when I do not feel subpar and incompetent. I can only describe it as a constant feeling of thorough dissapointment in myself.

If a week goes by without me having an internal melt-down or pouring out in tears, I consider that a victory. It pains me to think that I am sleeping, crying, and throwing away my life. 

As long as I can remember, I have been running away from myself. Now, I do not even know who I am.  Maybe its time I renew my mind and become myself. 

 

Cue in the quotes after all….

“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world–because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on”

I have been stuck for so long…too long. This is where I turn the page and a new chapter begins. 

I will be writing and sharing my thoughts, experiences, and lessons through posts, poems, and photography (well…”iOS photography” for now—-good old iphone).

My journey is about being a woman after God’s own heart. About becoming my most authentic self. About living a beautiful, giving, joyful, and full life. My journey to becoming Malaika begins here…

Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.

Psalm 139: 1-6

I would love to hear your thoughts….are you starting a new chapter of your life too?