I followed my advice. I put my notebook to good use and started jotting down my thoughts. So I can turn them into blog posts. And it made me feel good. About me, about what I do, about what I can do. Which to be honest is not an easy thing to do – at least some of the time. Not because of my MS, but… No, wait! It is because of the MS (for the most part at least).
The things I have notes for however are not the things that ended up being today’s post. Instead let’s talk about an aspect of human nature – flight.
According to Wikipedia (don’t knock it as a resource ‘till you’ve tried it – plus it’s easy and convenient to reference), the fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon. His theory states that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, preparing the animal for fighting or fleeing. This response is recognized as the first stage of the General Adaptation Syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms.
The reason I came up with this topic is the (at least I think so) low audience appeal of my posts. I get more likes on my post share on Facebook than actual views. Which could mean one of two things: either people do not want to read something (although I can’t think why about 500 words are too long a story to read), or that people avoid things that might make them think or feel sad (like stories about someone with MS). Although that last one means that they probably haven’t read any of my posts. I mean, come on. I’m a regular comedian! (Especially on Saturdays – nudge nudge, wink wink)
All joking aside though, that flight reaction to any sort of (perceived) negative or upsetting stories is understandable. I myself have done it. I have avoided discussing uncomfortable topics. Avoided addressing problems in the hope that they will just vanish.
But I am not proud of it. Because I solemnly believe that acknowledging a problem and dealing with it is the way to go (gosh, I do sound like a ‘whatever’ anonymous meeting). I know that makes me annoying at times, maybe even overbearing. But I like resolving issues. Because, as I learned – both literally and figuratively – it’s no use hiding dirty laundry under the bed (thanks mom and dad).
Keeping in line with that, I am doing (or trying to do) that exact thing with my blog. Write about everything that comes to mind. Prove that there is more to a person with MS – in this case yours truly. And in order to do that I need to acknowledge the facts of the condition – that I have MS – and build on that to demonstrate that it does not define me.
So please, those that do not read my blog, do so. Do not judge a book by its cover – or the short snippet at the back. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. (Although I can’t promise that there won’t be any odd sad stories or downers. But I guess that’s life.)
I’ve been meaning to give my basic blog outline a do-over. At least add categories that will “force” me to vary my posts and allow me to add multimedia. Perhaps I’ll do it over the weekend.