When I tell people I run a website, blog, social media etc, I get asked if I get paid for this. And asked why I bother, if it doesn’t earn me an income. No, I don’t get paid, at all. And I don’t do it for money. I do it because it’s needed, even though it can be unpleasant, emotional and challenging.
Like many out there who volunteer and work unpaid, I do it because people need help. People are struggling, need support, need education, need someone out there providing info that shows they ‘get it’, need compassion. I only aim to help with this in the small way I can. We can only make little ripples, only help a few or even one at a time, and that is all that is needed.
Yes, it gives me a sense of purpose and I use the darkness of my past, for good. But I don’t do it for other self serving reasons.
Empathy and compassion, are actually not always pleasant. Often the emotions they bring, are unpleasant. But, that’s life, it’s not all happy, pleasant, positive and I live in reality.
Just now, with far better boundaries, self care and balance.