On Friday, I bared my soul to the world by posting a documentary in which I admitted to having an eating disorder. If you haven’t had a chance to see the video yet, you probably didn’t realize that I made this confession while literally stripping down to my underwear.
It was hard for me to film, as insecure as I am with my body, and it was exponentially more difficult to post it to YouTube as a completely public video.
In making it totally public, I’ve opened the doors for likes, dislikes, and any commentary my viewers wish to leave.
Within four hours of posting the film, I had 2 likes and 4 dislikes. A little painful, but not unexpected.
What I didn’t expect, however, was the OUTPOURING of love and support I began receiving through text messages, phone calls, private Facebook messages, and posts to my wall. I had no idea that so many of my friends and family could not only sympathize with my plight, many could also empathize with my struggles. People with whom I’ve barely spoken have begun reaching out to me, offering their kind words and praising me for my bravery.
To say that I’ve been humbled and awed by this experience would be an understatement.
As part of my assignment for school for my Publishing & Distribution class, I am going to leave the video up until Friday, March 1st, 2013. My original goal was to have 100 views by that time; with 94 views in less than 48 hours, I may need to raise that goal a bit.
Regardless of where this video goes and how the public responds to it in the next week, it has taught me a very valuable lesson:
For every negative person out there who hits the dislike button or leaves a disdainful comment, at least a dozen stand behind them prepared to offer their love, compassion, and support.
That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I’ve made this video. That’s why I write these blogs. I want to be one of those GOOD people and I want to meet them in return. The world is FULL of GOOD PEOPLE; you just have to give them an opportunity to show you.
Optimistic that we’re surrounded by love,
~ Victoria Elizabeth