Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The Knitting Gorilla - a lesson from Liz
I was utterly touched to receive a package from a lady called Liz this week. I have never met Liz, or even heard of her, but she told me she'd been reading my blog every day and had seen something that she wanted to send me. Apparently she'd had it for a while, but hadn't yet plucked up the courage to pop it in the post.
The gift was a gorgeous little book about a boy gorilla who likes to knit, much to his father's disapproval. At first the little gorilla gets ridiculed and bullied for knitting, but after a while, people begin to accept it and eventually love it. It's such a sweet little tale about being true to yourself, which felt completely relevant to me and how I feel about my blog.
I sometimes feel that blogging can be a little self-indulgent, and it took me a long time to acknowledge to my family and friends that I had one. Even now I feel a little embarrassed about it. It doesn't feel very 'cool' to be prancing around in front of a camera or sending cute little packages to people you don't know. But even if these things aren't cool, they are things I enjoy, and that's what it's all about. Like the story of The Knitting Gorilla, it's about being faithful to your passions and character.
I was touched that this kind-hearted stranger wanted to give me a gift, and it made me so happy to think that my blog is bringing people joy.
So thank you Liz for your encouragement, and for giving me the confidence to keep on blogging about what I love. From now on, every time I hover my mouse over the 'publish post' button feeling doubtful or embarrassed, I'll remember The Knitting Gorilla and immediately hit CLICK.