About the Site

Hello friends, strangers, enemies and people I haven’t made up my mind about yet!

Welcome to my blog, Embracing The Paradox. It’s quite new and doesn’t know what it’s doing yet…I hope you’ll be understanding.

I’m Sydney, a 21-year-old college student who’s still figuring out…well…everything. (The older I get, the more I realize none of us ever figure it all out. Anyone who says they have is either lying or confused.) This blog is mostly me rambling to myself in a socially acceptable way.  When I do it on the internet, it makes me “creative”.  When I do it in real life, it makes me “crazy”.

The name of this site, Embracing the Paradox, comes from a revelation I had a couple of years ago. I’ll go into a bit more detail about it in a later post (which I’ll link to here), but for now, here’s the gist of it.

I’ve been called a “paradox” three separate times in my life (which is really weird when you think about it).  I chose to take it as a compliment because it means that I have accepted the things in myself that most people think shouldn’t exist in one person. Some people think it makes me weird, but I think it makes me interesting. I realized soon after that we’re actually all little paradoxes, but we’re often programmed to hide those confusing (or “weird”) things about ourselves. That’s not healthy or productive. Because guess what? Life is actually full of things that don’t make sense, or should be mutually exclusive, or shouldn’t even exist. At first, we try to avoid them, or explain them away, or just pretend they don’t exist. But we’re actually much happier if we can embrace those paradoxes, because they make life interesting, mysterious, and beautiful.

So what I want to do is write about the things that don’t make sense. I also want to write about my experiences in life, and how I’m trying to embrace the confusing, difficult stuff. And I’ll probably write a lot of stuff that’s really only interesting to me…because hey, it’s not a blog without a little self-indulgence.

Some of my writing will be terrible. With practice, maybe some of it will be only mostly terrible. But if I’m lucky, maybe there will be someone out there who reads one of my posts and says, “Hey, I feel that.” If it resonates with one person, that’ll be enough. And if you’re that one person, please let me know! It’ll make my day.

So stick around. Maybe together, we can figure out how to embrace the crazy, simple, terrifying, exciting, ugly, beautiful paradox that is life.

~Sydney


 

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