Resident guest author, Tim, gives his unique perspective on our differences, commonality and the importance of community.
Sometimes I need to be part of a community of folk just like me.
Only, since I am unique, and so is he, so is she, so are you, and so, most assuredly, is my M2F transgender cousin, and my other cousin who is camp as a row of tents and a nasty homophobic bigot, I have no idea what you and I have in common. And do I have anything in common with that list of folk?
When I think about it, though, we all have things in common despite, perhaps because of, our differences.
[bctt tweet=”We all have hopes, aspirations, fears, terrors, emotional issues.” username=”BobBrotchie”]
The community I need to be a part of has folk who, like me, each in their own way, expresses a little of themselves and does it both anonymously and in public.
This is not a “Let’s Big It Up for Bob’s Blog” post.
Instead, it’s a “Bob provides this unique place for us, whoever we are, to dare, just a little, to learn how to look at our hopes, fears, etc and to make some of those things public anonymously. Let’s use it.”
[bctt tweet=”No one knows who I am, except those of my real life friends I show myself to.” username=”BobBrotchie”]
I’m not going to change THE world by posting here. But I have already changed MY world a little by doing so. Everything I write, with the possible exception of this post, everything I write – I write for me. Then I share it with Bob in case he feels it might just help… YOU.
He’s no idea if you’ve taken anything useful away. I certainly have no idea. I wrote it for me, write it for me, to help me to get me into perspective, especially when I am having trouble surviving inside my own head.
I know I take something away from most things I read. I don’t always like the things I find. When it’s advice I see I read it, try to understand it, ask questions until I understand it, and then I either accept it or reject it, each of those routes with a good heart.
[bctt tweet=”What I like especially are comments beneath the blog posts. Obviously, I like mine best.” username=”BobBrotchie”]
Er, no. I know what’s in mine. I like YOURS best.
And that’s the ‘community’ I need to be part of. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast, often controversial, always opinionated, I need to be part of something that makes me think.
How about you?
To find out more about 13-year-old Tim, his older self has published Queer Me! Halfway between Flying and Crying