… a million thank you’s to amazing reader amanda for one of the most beautiful letters ever:
I want to thank you so very much for all the work and effort you put into your both your blogs. They have both been of enormous help to me and I could not be more grateful.
I have been unwell with a thyroid disease for many years. Unfortunately, it was misdiagnosed for a long time, so I spent so much time in hospitals and doctor’s surgeries that I was unable to do much of anything else. I was not given a proper diagnosis until six years ago when my body pretty much collapsed and I was bedridden for a year. I have been getting better gradually since then.
Your blogs have helped me in so many ways during this ordeal. They have helped refine my own taste. Due to being ill, it was not something I had worked out, not truly. I had been so focused on my health that even though my nature was drawn entirely to beauty, I had not had the time, experience or exposure to work out what was ‘me’ and what was the received ideas of others. For the first time in my life, I am certain and know exactly what I like. This sense of certainty has been so freeing, as it has helped me discover who I am outside ill health. I am not just a patient. I am me, I am certain and I know exactly what I like.
The soothing nature of the colours you use and the aesthetic of your blogs are wonderful. I cannot express how much they’ve meant to me. During periods when I have been on bed rest, or unable to move about much, your blogs have kept me company and I have been soothed and comforted by the crisp whites and beautiful pastels. I love the way your blogs look.
Most of all, the photos you choose and the comments you write have given me hope about life. I look at your comments and photos and think “Yes, that is how I want to live”. You give me hope that life can be wonderful, people can be good and that there is a way of living out there that I will rejoice in. Your blogs have helped me define what that is. When I have been sad, sick and tired, your words and photos have acted as a guiding star. I have told myself that I will get better, I will get out into the world and I will have a life filled with the things you describe. You have helped me remember what I’m getting better for. I once wrote a comment on your page about how much I love the little pieces you write under the photos, and I cannot overstate how much they have helped me.
I’m thirty-six now and have not had the opportunity to experience some of the milestones others take for granted. Perhaps having to begin my life anew at thirty-six may mean I never do. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m getting stronger, and I am taking baby steps as I build my strength. I have begun French lessons, I have a new haircut, I have given away to charity all the things that were not ‘me’ and continue to do so. When the doctors permit, I shall return to work and I will be able to begin acting on my dream of moving to London from Australia. It is not hyperbole to thank you and say that you and your sites have been instrumental in helping me get to the point where dreaming and making plans do not feel like a foolish waste of time.
Thank you, Roséline.