From Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis:
This is why I show up here every morning before beginning to clean up the breakfast dishes or dressing to go run. It’s why I take a picture every day and post the setting here on my blog or Instagram. I have no idea if anyone else out in the world is reading my words or stopping to look at my photo as they scroll through their IG feed. But you know what? The only thing that matters to me is that I did write these words and I did take a picture I’m proud of so why should I be concerned about what others think?
This is a whole new mindset I’m undertaking. I used to think that I had to blog a certain way, writing posts with Deep Meaning and Sincerity or I had to go the opposite route writing posts with lots! of! exclamation! points! and! happy! happy! happy! thoughts! Granted, I do love reading positive blog posts better than I like reading overly thought out dramatic posts, but that’s just me. It makes me feel as though I’m reading someone’s private diary when I read Deep Meaningful posts. Again, it’s just my personality and reading preferences.
My photography was the same way. I reached for validation and tried shooting pictures that I thought other people might respond to better than what I really liked shooting. People responded really well when I began posting food pictures and I gained a lot of followers, so for the next 6 months that’s all I did . . . until I got really bored with food photography (and also when I couldn’t get into my jeans as easily as I could 6 months earlier). So I stopped shooting food and began taking and posting pictures of things I actually liked photographing. I lost a few followers, but I didn’t mind because what I’m shooting now is for me, I’m posting for myself because I’m proud of the pictures that come out of my camera and I work hard for those. I’m slowly accepting those quotes at the beginning of today’s post and learning to embrace them.
There’s only one me.
There’s only one you.
Why should either one of us concern ourselves what the others think about our work as long we continue putting out work that we are proud about, that we’ve each worked hard for? Like Hollis said,
Chew on that for a while and see if it doesn’t resonate deep within you.