See that grin? See it? You sure? Well, that's me at the moment. Yes, I am a grinny kitty!
(But not quite as hairy.)
(But just as cute!)
Today has been a good day. I am actually smiling. Feels weird...
"But why?" I imagine I hear you cry. "Why is A happy?" Well, I'll tell you...
First of all, I have sold two - count 'em! - TWO of my paintings! For money! I know, I don't believe it either! Two people actually like what I paint! And they're not even blind!
These are the paintings I have sold (did I mention they were sold for cold hard cash?)...
|The Evil Queen from "Snow White"|
I have been published on "Band Back Together"!
If you've never heard of "Band Back Together", it is a wonderful blogging community that offers support to people who have dealt with and are dealing with many different issues, like survivors of all kinds of abuse, those coping with emotional and mental health problems, and people who have generally been to hell and back in every imaginable way. It is a fantastic site with awe inspiring tales of hope and heartbreaking stories that make you appreciate how lucky you really are. I really can't sing its praises highly enough, so you can imagine how proud and honored I feel to be published by them.
The post that they published was one I wrote a few weeks entitled "Deep". It was a very personal blog in which I wrote about my history of self-harm (not an easy thing to admit to I can tell you). It was difficult to write, but I am so glad I did as several people have contacted me about it, saying how it was a very "hopeful" and "inspiring" post which just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
So, that's why I have a grin. My little blog about my own personal hell has a chance of reaching someone who is going through something similar to what I went through, and maybe it will at least help them to not feel quite as alone. If that happens, my blogging life will be complete. (Not that I'll stop blogging, of course. You don't get rid of me that easily.)
And on a personal note, I want to again thank the person who inspired me to write "Deep". You gave me the courage to write about something I'd never even spoken about (outside a doctors surgery that is), and express thoughts I thought would be locked away inside my heart forever. I am Luke Skywalker to your Yoda and I'll be forever grateful to you. You know who you are.