From Me to You

Disclaimer: This post has little to do with the thematic of the blog but… Because I tend to be the rebel that breaks with it… Here we go!

When we started this blog, I was a woman escaping from her past. A couple of years ago, I went through a stage of life that scarred me emotionally. After so much pain and disappointment, I wanted to retreat and give myself some time and space to reassess my priorities and work on self-love and forgiveness. I had a couple of months before my son was born and I wanted to be the best version of myself before his arrival. I proceeded to delete social media and reduce the number of people I kept in touch with. I wanted to make sure that the people involved in our lives were loving, caring, and genuinely excited for the both of us, my son and I.

When Carrot offered me to be a writer for the blog, I was petrified! This meant that I had to open THAT box again, the one I had sealed so many years ago. I was nervous and I didn’t think I could make it. I didn’t want to expose myself or my son and I was afraid to be scrutinized by the world all over again. As you can imagine, I declined his offer at first. However, being the persistent and encouraging man that he is, Carrot finally convinced me. I had my conditions though, and this came with conversations filled with anxiety and doubt, “I don’t want to show my face nor my son’s,” I said. If you have noticed, all of the members of theDIHEDRAL have a headshot, except for me. I was very adamant about this and, being the amazing friends they are, they respected my decision.

Carrot wrote on our throwback for theDIHEDRAL’s anniversary:

 Of all the posts that Gaia has posted my favorite has to be Bodies and the Importance of Feeling.  When you look at Gaia’s body of work on theDIHEDRAL, you see the steps taken from someone who was reluctant to put herself out there, to someone sharing some of the most sacred details of her journey.  This post is truly Gaia to the core…honest, brave, enduring!

All of this is true and it has been possible thanks to you. The love, support, and encouragement that you have given us has, inadvertently, opened up my arms once again. The locks have progressively opened and every day I feel more confident about myself and the way that I relate with the world. Thank you for respecting our creative choices and thank you for accepting my family. The love that you give my son and I is something that I value dearly and hold with responsibility. Today, I want to open up a little bit more and share with you something that I had not in the past. I want to give a face to all the stories and keep connecting with you.

I am proud of the safe space that WE have created and the loving, supportive, and caring community that we are building, together. Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU for reading and holding our hands along the way.

P.s.: We need your help! we want to know… What kind of content would you like to see? Please, please, let us know 🙂

Infinite Love,

Gaia
Gaia Co-writer theDIHEDRAL

 

28 thoughts on “From Me to You

  1. Martha Kennedy says:

    I love this and very deeply appreciate the courage it takes to go from where you have been (and, based on some of your posts, I suspect, it’s similar to a place where I have been) to this moment, these photos. Climbing is climbing, but (to me) it’s also a metaphor for courage, the unknown, acceptance, surrender, accomplishment and failure — life. I think this is a climbing story. ❤

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  2. Donna says:

    This post touched me as I am going through a similar situation. I do believe I was led to this page. Thank you for sharing and best wishes to you and your amazing son! 🙂

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  3. Alan Sanderson says:

    My neighborhood has a community mailbox, and one day I was struck by a thought as I looked at the slot for outgoing mail. I took a picture of it and posted it to Facebook with the comment, “Where is the slot for introverted mail?”

    My brother replied, “It’s called a blog post.”

    It’s funny how the world wide web can feel like a safe space. It isn’t really, but it can feel that way. It can make people feel confident enough to attack someone in a way that they would never do in person. But it also gives the timid among us enough confidence to speak up and speak out in a positive way that we would have a hard time doing in a real-time medium.

    I was really nervous to write about my social phobia for the first time, thinking (irrationally, as sociophobes do) that I would be ridiculed or otherwise insulted for admitting my weakness. But I was surprised at how respectful and supportive people were, and I have been really pleased with how many people have told me that what I wrote was helpful to them.

    So, keep writing, Gaia! You are doing a good work for yourself and for your readers.

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    1. thedihedral says:

      This is everything! You could have not explained it better Alan! At first I was skeptical, but I grew confident and surrounded by the love of the blogging community. Your brother was so right! Very clever. Thank you for sharing part of your story 🙂

      Gaia

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  4. Dumberboy says:

    You and your son is absolutely adorable….🤗🤗😘😘
    Blessings to your family and blog.. ❤❤🙂.
    Well, I think there must be some Psychological fact posts……
    Nd some related to anxiety and depression on the teenagers.
    (just a personal opinion, 😉)
    Your blog is worth the readers’ time…. 🙂
    Keep going…..

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  5. Jennifer Arimborgo says:

    Gaia, this is absolutely beautiful and so very, very special. I am so deeply glad you are feeling whole and safe enough to share yourself with us. You are BEAUTIFUL. And your son is an unspeakable treasure. Rich blessings to both of you on your journey!! ❤️❤️

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