Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Lil Appreciation


We can often lose track of the important things in our lives. Other things can take over, consuming our thoughts, and receiving all of our attention. What about the things that really matter? The people that mean the most to us, and hold a special place in our hearts? That's what I'm talking about today...

I would firstly like to say that I appreciate those who have put me in difficult times before, and treated me badly in the past. It may sound like an extremely odd starting point, but I am appreciative of those who have hurt me previously. They have helped me to realise that I don't need that toxic negativity in my life; not now, not ever. They have also taught me what to avoid being like. I now know that I will always be above people like that, and I will try my best to be the complete opposite of that in fact. I can't understand why anyone would ever want to act in such a horrible way towards someone else, but I have learnt what sort of people to avoid, and that's a very valuable lesson indeed. It's important to always remember the people that hurt you, and put you in unbelievably horrific situations. It's possible to forgive them a couple of times, if you feel that's appropriate, and it's totally your decision, but if they have hurt you more times than you can ever imagine, and their kindness will never amount to the pain they have caused you, remove them permanently. They are there to teach you a lesson, nothing more. This also means that I would like to thank the people who left me during my difficult times. Quite often, so called 'friends' listen to most of my problems, and vice versa, and then after a while, we gradually drift apart, or they see that things are getting worse, and they aren't prepared to put in the effort, and actually act like a true, supportive friend. That is okay though. That just proves that you don't need those sorts of people in your life, and you are clearly better off without them. Life isn't always about butterflies, and sunshine, and it's important to fill your life with people who understand this, and choose to stick by your side no matter what. Anyone else shouldn't be wanted.

And how could I write an appreciation post without talking about those who have helped me through difficult times? How do I even begin to describe these beautiful, incredible humans? Although there aren't many people who have been there for me since the beginning, the small handful who have never failed to stand by my side are who I am dedicating this message to. I won't be naming any names, as the people know who they are, and I feel that may be a little bit too personal, but I don't believe that's necessary anyway! To those special people, I am incredibly grateful to you for all the things that you have ever done for me, and all the times you have been there supporting my decisions.
I probably wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all of you. This message is dedicated to my family, and my very special friends. As I say, there aren't a huge amount of them, but that makes each individual all the more special to me. I am eternally grateful for all that each of you do for me, from listening to me ramble on day, and night, to comforting me, and reassuring me when I'm having one of my down days. You all know that I worry, and overthink way too much, yet you still manage to put up with me, and love me, even when I feel virtually unlovable myself. I don't feel that I show my appreciation enough, and so I feel that this post is one way that I can express it a little better. You all hold a very special place in my heart, and I will always be more than happy to be there for you, and support you whenever you need me too. I have my very close friends, and then I have my good friends, who I don't speak too quite as often, but who I still love just as much. I would drop everything, and be there in a heartbeat for any of you. Thank you all so, so much for everything that you have ever done, and all that you continue to do. I couldn't ask for a better, kinder support network. I love you all so much.

Finally, I would like to dedicate a little message to all of you reading. Even if I don't know you personally, and none of the other messages apply to you, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate you. If you are a regular reader of my blog, if you read it every once in a while, if I've spoken to you and helped you once previously, or vice versa, or even if we used to be good friends, and now we no longer talk for whatever reason. You are all equally as important to me. I write this blog purely because I want to. I find that it brings  so much happiness, and satisfaction to my life. All I want to do is help people in some way. Whether I make you smile, give you hope, reassure you, give you advice, or even save your life - it all adds up to me, and makes blogging worthwhile. I have always enjoyed reading blogs, and I still do, but now I enjoy writing my own one too. I write just as much for myself, as I do for each and every one of you. I want to inspire people, and help them to feel positive and hopeful, no matter what their life is like during that moment in time. I talk about my personal problems a lot, and I'm not afraid to be honest, and open up. I want to encourage people to be fearless, and confident within their own skin. As much as I have a huge interest in fashion, and beauty, my real passion lies with issues that are much deeper than what MAC lipstick to buy, or what handbag to invest in.
My real passion lies with issues such as mental health, body image, confidence, and the things that aren't necessarily spoken about quite so comfortably as other 'less taboo' topics. But honestly, thank you to each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog, or give me such lovely feedback. It really does mean the world to me, and I appreciate every single one of you very, very much!

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read this ramble of a post. I hope you all have a wonderful evening, whatever you're doing, and I shall talk to you very soon.

Lots of love,

Jade x


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