Because I am not black and white. Because I am gray.

The fact that I am writing this right now is a rarity. The fact that I can verbalize just about anything is a gem. I am amongst the minority in this world that has a voice. As are you.

I listened to a man named Jimmie Briggs speak tonight about his worldwide campaign, Man Up, that he began to try to conquer violence against women and girls in this world. He seemed baffled when asked a simple question: Why do you do what you do?

“I do what I do because I have to.”

The answer was so basic and yet it pierced me. I sat in my seat feeling like someone had finally defined me. Someone had finally given me a starting point for all that I set out to do from day to day.

Lately a lot of people email me or approach me telling me that they admire my blog and they wish they were able to do the same thing. Well my first question to them is, why don’t you then? The number one blockade: I am afraid that no one will want to listen to what I have to say.

If that is what stands in your way, this fear that no one will want to read your words, then please please please squash the thought. Dwell for a moment on the fact that you are fortunate enough to have words. You have the ability to give your words to the world when so many people in this world have no means to tell a story, no skills to write a book, no rights to speak out. That is reason enough for us to use our voice, to let our minds run free, to share our stories with the world. We Can. And So We Should.

At the end of each day there is a lot of things that make us all the same. We are human. We like to listen to one another and we long to feel connected. We form kinship and bonds through story telling of broken hearts, broken journeys, broken worlds and we find the steps it takes to make brokenness beautiful.

But at the end of the day, there are more things that make us diverse. We need to share these experiences so that the world can finally change. We need to never doubt our own voices and our own stories because they will inevitably be what allows us to impact others.

I do what I do because I have to. Because I Have A Strong Voice. Because I Have A Full Heart. Because I Am Not Black And White. Because I Am Gray.

And if you still doubt that no one will want to hear your story, just come find me. I will listen.

You have words and you have a life that is unlike any other, so what stands in your way?

8 thoughts on “Because I am not black and white. Because I am gray.

  1. what a beautiful post. the “no one will want to hear what i have to say” complaint was a big factor in why my blog took over a year’s hiatus at one point. and eventually i said oh, well. i need to ramble and this is my venue so i’m going to do it regardless. this post was really inspiring, thank you!!!

  2. This is such a great post! I have often had similar thoughts about wanting to start a blog but thinking that no one will read it. However, reading your words has inspired me to start one in the near future! Thank you

  3. Haha, do you realise how “The New Colossus” you sounded in the middle?
    “Bring to me your stories, your tales of huddled masses and I will listen.”
    I’m only joshing. In reality by now you realise that I adore your unabashed and unflinching honesty and exposure of your self unto to the world. And as ever you are completely right, especially now we are more aware of the censoring that occurs in so many countries (not least China) the right, nay privilege of free speech is not one that we should take for granted.

  4. Hannah! Awww, this is such a beautiful post. You’ve bared your heart in it, and it shows through. I really love coming here and reading your words. The main reason that I love blogging is because of the connections…I really love being able to share what’s on my mind, and in return read about what’s going on with other people. I hardly know any bloggers in person, and yet I care about them because they make me care. We are a generation with a voice. We no longer have to wait for the luxury of being published or waiting for our moment in the spotlight: we can publish ourselves. We can make ourselves be heard, and we can hear others. The choice is no longer in the hands of some corporate stranger: the choice lies within ourselves. Thank you, thank you for these beautiful, passionate words. I’m so happy that I met you, girlie! 😉

    1. Lisa,

      Ah, your words always inspire me so much, even through just a comment. I appreciate your kind words and I want you to know that you are one of the closest to my heart in this “blogging world.” I am always inspired by your work and your words, always so well thought out and written with such poise. I am also so very happy to have crossed paths with you.


      Hannah Katy

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