Thank You for the Nose Blowing
A friend recently apologized on her blog to her readers about being a broken record. She felt as if every post was the same, that she was just repeating the same sad thoughts over and over again.
I told her not to apologize. The people who didn’t want to read it didn’t have to stick around, and beyond that, it was important for her to write it again even if she has written the same words forty-five times before.
Blogging is a lot like nose blowing–you do it to clear the stuff out of your body, sometimes to simply toss it away and sometimes to examine it (oh, come on, don’t throw up in your mouth–you know you’ve done this). And no one would apologize for blowing their nose again when they just blew it five minutes earlier. We recognize that our body is always producing more gunk that needs to be dealt with during a cold. Why don’t we recognize that our minds are always producing more gunk that needs to be dealt with during an emotional crisis? And that gunk may look exactly like the gunk we thought we just got rid of with the last blog post?
So thank you to everyone who reads this blog, for being my virtual Kleenex to which I can blow all this verbal snot out on. That may not sound pretty–bodily fluids rarely are–but I can’t think of a softer, kinder landing space. Thank you for all the times you’ve let me blow the same crap out fifteen times in a row and left unique comments on the same circling thoughts.
I hope I have been a free therapist for you as much as you have been a free therapist for me.