I got to work early this morning and started knocking stuff out fairly quickly. But as time went on, I started to get tired. After tearing part of the fence down two days ago, and tearing the old gate down yesterday, my body was just tired.
I stopped occasionally to catch my breath and move into the shade, and I'd occasionally check the notifications on my phone. There were a couple of notifications on the pictures that I had posted of the work that I've done, and there were some comments that were complimenting me on what I've accomplished.
In typical brain dump fashion, my thoughts started to go in a few different directions. I started thinking about different reactions that I've gotten to various accomplishments that I've posted about in the past. Everything from variations of "good job" to "you've inspired me because...." Those thoughts made me start thinking about why I post these kind of things.
It's not for attention. It's not for the virtual pats on the back. It's not to brag or to show off or to gloat or anything like that. Honestly, it's not for me at all.
Every now and then, I get a message from someone who says "I've felt so hopeless because of my situation, but then I see what you can accomplish and I know that you've been in my shoes and so if you can do it, so can I".
That is why I do it. That is why I post the things that I do.
For the person who has hit rock bottom and doesn't know it it's possible to get back up again.
For the person who is so broke that pennies found on the ground are hoarded like gold coins.
For the person who has gotten smacked around by an alcoholic partner one too many times.
For the person who battles depression and struggles to get out of bed and function.
For the person whose kids have said "I don't like you right now, so I'm moving out for a while."
For the person who is struggling in any way.
If by some chance, someone is inspired by the things that I do and post, then that is all that I need. That makes all of this work - and blogging about it - worth it. And it gives me a reason to get the work done - the inspiration that people get from looking at my work inspires me to do even more.
Pay it forward, one positive thought at a time.
If I can do it, anyone can.