I've learned so much the past few weeks.
I've learned that lots of people on the internet get worked up and angry at the drop of a hat.
I've learned that no matter what you write, or your intentions behind it, everyone reads it through their own filter, coloring your words accordingly.
I've learned that complete strangers, who don't know me, feel very justified and comfortable making judgments of my life and character based on a snippet of information.
I've learned that responding to aggression is a waste of time, and even if I respond with calm reason, it can and will be misconstrued.
I've learned that I signed up for all of this when I agreed to publish my work. I already knew that, but I got lots of reminders.
I've learned that the Block button is a beautiful tool.
I've learned that I could hear 1,000 positive messages, and I'll dwell on the 3 negative ones if I don't catch myself and stop myself from doing so.
I've learned how to do so.
I've learned that I'm already doing a really good job with my family and with my writing, with sharing but not oversharing, with respecting the dignity of my child and my family, and with writing in my own voice.
I've learned that this is a process, and that what my writing and sharing looks like changes as I go.
I've learned that I don't know everything, and that I am open to learning more.
I've learned that when I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. I already knew that, too, but it's a good reminder.
I've learned that I'm tougher than I thought I was.
I've learned that I have really good people in my life. I already knew that one, too, but I'm so happy to repeat it.
I've learned to stay out of a discussion if I can't be heard for whatever reason, or if that discussion is no longer constructive. Even if I have something to add to defend my character.
I've learned when to walk away. The "having the last word" thing is stupid.
I've learned that there are a lot of really wonderful people out there. They are the ones who deserve my energy and attention.
I've learned a lot. And I will keep learning every day.