Honesty, Compassion and Curiosity: Doing my best
Hello! This is my first official blog post! If you’re curious, here’s a little about me…
So this blog is about compassion and curiosity, in case the name didn’t make that obvious. Although those values are my two pillars for this blog, first I want to talk about being honest. If you’ve read my About Me page, you’ll know that I love to ask questions. I love to ponder things and explore ideas and people and people’s ideas of themselves. Part of this involves questions such as “how would you describe yourself in three words?” or with friends, “how would you describe me in three words?” I actually highly recommend doing this. It might be a bit of an eye opener.
“Honest” wasn’t necessarily what I expected others to say about me. I don’t really know what I expected but this intrigued me. It was mum who said it first, then my best friend, my flatmate and several others.
Think about the 3 people that inspire you most.
I bet you feel like you’ve got a pretty honest picture of their lives. If you haven’t, how can you be inspired by their message or what they’re doing? So when I started writing for this blog, above all, I wanted to be honest. Honest, inspiring and refreshingly relatable (hopefully not too much so – I’d like to think you’ve probably got your shit together a bit more than I have).
Who is that for me?
I reflected on the people that have inspired me most and genuinely changed my life for the better. Some of these people are part of my everyday life; my family and friends. Some of them I have never met and probably never will*. They are the people who have shared their experiences and advice in the form of books, seminars, blogs or other media. This list is not exhaustive but here goes:
What do these women have in common?
They have all been through battles, whether that be grief, depression, eating disorders, alcoholism – all things we are taught to see as a sign of weakness and certainly to keep private. Yet, these women have chosen to share their stories with unbridled candour. It is this honesty that made them real to me, that made them relatable, that forced me to sit up and listen. Ultimately, the only reason they had any impact on me was because I felt they were real and that they were talking directly to me.
My Promise To Be Honest
Therefore, I, Eliza ‘Dippy’ Hall, humbly pledge to be as honest as I can on this blog. If you smell bullshit at any point, please call it and I’ll take a vote on an appropriate punishment. In addition, of course, I’ll be trying to be a little more compassionate and a little more curious every day. Check out my other blogs to find out how that works out.
*If you’re reading this lovely lady hero of mine, this is a shameless plug for you to spend even 10 minutes of your life skyping with possibly your biggest fan girl. Failing that, a used Kleenex of yours addressed to me would do! This is written with humour but please don’t think I am being flippant. I honestly and truly cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me and, by extension, for everyone around me. You rock.