Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dear readers...

Does calling you guys "readers" make me sound pretentious? I feel like "friends" makes me sound obnoxious. Let's stick with readers.
Today I posted that my plans to do to Boston with a friend fell through, and that I'd decided not to go anymore as I didn't want to go alone. I was feeling lonely and a little sad and homesick. I needed to convince myself that not going was the right answer. I wanted to think of excuses as to why I shouldn't go alone. I wanted to cut my nose of to spite my face.
When I received the first comment saying I should go, I felt moody and sulky and insolent, in the way a child sulks when it is told off, but knows the parent is right. I knew they were right, but I didn't want to admit it. The more comments I received, the more I realised that I was being ridiculous. I had to go. I could not let this opportunity pass me by. You guys reminded me that I can do this. That I came all the way here on my own. That I can be brave and independent. Some of you even told me that I had inspired you to go off and do these amazing, independent things, these adventures. What kind of role model would I be if I didn't take a 5 hour trip on my own?
My parents would never have pushed me either way; they want me to do whatever makes me happy. They would have helped me make my decision whichever way I was tending towards. But you guys, you helped me make the right decision. And I'm so glad you had a faith in me that I didn't have. My day improved ten-fold when I decided to go do this crazy exciting thing alone.
I came home this afternoon to three emails. One telling me I had inspired them to study abroad. One with advice and tips for my trips to New York and Boston. And one with questions about my road trip. You guys are amazing.
Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog every day. You guys give me way too much credit. I'm just your average girl who writes a blog about what she's wearing and how much she loves a night in with a book. But you guys, with your emails and comments and messages, make it all feel worthwhile.
I read blogs with thousands of followers and sometimes I get jealous. But I have 569 people who read my blog. 569 people! That's a lot of people, and that's so exciting. Thank you for always being there, and thank you for continuing to push me and inspire me.
You guys are the best.
Love,
Charlotte x


Edit: I promise proper blog posts soon. Posts with pictures! Outfits! Today, however, I've just wanted to talk...

5 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely post, Charlotte. I'm so glad that you are inspiring other people to follow their dreams. In fact, I hope to teach in America before I settle down with a mortgage so you're helping me with that! 


    Oh and readers is fine. Much better than followers!

    Beckyxx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  2. Haha, I tend to address my blog-readers as "viewers"...  It makes me feel like an old-timey tv presenter!

    Glad you're happy with the decision you made.  Boston does sound a great place to experience.

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  3. Sometimes a little push is all you need in the right direction. 

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  4. Aw, I'm glad you've decided to go. It really is amazing to get people's feedback on something you're thinking about. 

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  5. Hooray! That's so awesome that you're going to go by yourself. I can tell you that I definitely wouldn't have the courage to go somewhere alone. I often feel awkward going places by myself. You're going to have a great time though. And really, why not? It'll be a fun trip!

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