Yesterday, I hosted an online discussion at TheMotherhood on the benefits of cheerleading in young girls. We were joined by Nicole Lauchaire, VP Corporate Marketing and Communications for Varsity Brands, who stated that cheerleaders are more comfortable in the spotlight, more comfortable speaking in front of large crowds, and more apt to do charitable work in her community as opposed to other teens who aren’t involved in sports. It got me thinking I was a cheerleader. I loved being in the spotlight. I was very comfortable speaking in front of the student body, and I, often, volunteered around town for local charities. How different is my life now?
Were there signs I’d be a blogger? Were there signs I’d help lead the way in this Social Media explosion? Was I being prepped back then?
Looking back at my school years, I remember wanting to be involved with every activity and sport possible. Starting in 6th grade, I joined the band. As years progressed, I, then, turned to sports: Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, and Cheerleading.
If it got me in front of a crowd, if it gave me a social edge, I did it.
Once I hit High School, I settled a bit. I picked ONE sport, Cross Country and tried my hardest at excelling at it, but the passion for the sport wouldn’t help. The WANT to be good didn’t transform into ACTUALLY being good, but it gave me a sense of belonging to an elite group of girls, who physically pushed themselves through mile after mile after mile. I think that’s what was attractive to me. This sport, for me, was the hardest, most rigorous, but not impossible.
I wanted to defeat it. I wanted to do the impossible, but I wanted everyone around me to do it too. I was supportive and encouraged, not only the girls on my team, but those who even had an INKLING of wanting to be a runner.
How do most bloggers begin blogging?
Very few start off thinking I’m going to start a blog. I’m going to monetize it. I’m going to work with brands and then make a substantial income. NO! MOST bloggers start off with the need to reach out, tell their story, makes sense of their life.
They also like to write.
In High School and throughout College, I took every English Lit class I could. For my Art credit, I took Art History because I was more comfortable writing an essay than painting a picture. I’ve always loved writing, whether that was for fun, for personal reasons, or even professional reasons, as I do now.
My freshman year of High School, I had a boyfriend. He, openly, cheated on me, but OH I was so smitten over him. He was my first love having met him in 6th grade. “We were serious now.” The day I caught him all snuggly with another girl in the library, was the day I went home and started my English assignment.
A fictional story, except it wasn’t fictional.
I wrote about a girl who loved life, loved independence, loved exploring the world and seeking out culture and art. She was on a journey that would mold her into a Mother, a Writer, and a Leader, but there was only one thing holding her back. Her boyfriend. He was comfortable in a small town. He was comfortable living a boring life, seeking happiness in girl after girl. He would end up at a dead end. So she left him to go on a journey all her own.
Um. Yeah. My teacher liked it, so she asked me to read it out loud to the class. I happily stood up, faced the class room, and looked my “boyfriend” in the eye as I read it out loud.That’s how I broke up with him, through an English Assignment.
Was I a blogger or what?!
Back then I wanted to be socially edgy. I wanted to write how I felt. I wanted to support my friends in their ventures and ideas. I wanted to be in front of audience, but most of all? I wanted to belong to an elite community that thought differently about success and the possibility in life.
I think I’m doing that. Right here. Right now.
*Just so there is no confusion, the picture above is me my Senior Year of High School. No. He’s not the boyfriend I broke up with. He’s been one of my best friends for the last 15 years. 15! Wow.
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