I’ve been trying to start this blog for almost a year now. Of course, the “About” page always trips me up:
How do I capture my essence in a pithy blurb? How do I convey my blog’s purpose in a charming and enticing way? Do I even know my own purpose for writing?
To understand my purpose, I must first reveal myself: for many years, I’ve struggled with low-level depression. This manifests as endless loops of self-loathing, self-sabotage, apathy, and listlessness – at my worst, I am a far cry from my empathetic, self-aware, and calm, collected self.
I’m tired of succumbing to these traps. I’m tired of allowing myself to be my own worst enemy instead of my protector. From experience, I’ve learned that the cure for apathy is feeling connected, both with the world around me and the one within myself. Writing is a form of reflection and meditation that has floated me through the years, though I’ve never grabbed its hand tightly enough to develop my craft.
To fully bring myself back to life, I commit to action in the form of publishing on this blog. In doing so, I hope to create a home within this wide expanse of Internet and find a sense of community, or at the very least, solace. Whether this will remain a personal, journal entry-style blog or develop into something more “professional,” I can’t say yet. I’ve identified a few key areas I will likely post about (i.e. literature, travel, education, and social justice) but truthfully, I will post about anything that captures my heart and leads to inspiration. I trust that the blog will grow from there.
I call myself The Revived Idealist because I frequently reminisce about the idealism I possessed in my teens and early twenties, before it got squandered along the way. This blog is a marked attempt to engage with the world around me through writing, regain a sense of vigor and optimism, and hopefully discover passion along the way.
I sincerely hope that something resonates with you, and please don’t hesitate to reach out or comment.
Love and light,