I heard on the radio that anyone born before 1980 is a digital immigrant, and everyone born after is a digital native; that makes me a digital native. Years have passed since I first started reading blogs. Years that I cannot imagine living without reading blogs. Some of the primary influences in my life this last five years have been blogs.
One of the most influential blogs in my life was The Rebelution. The Rebelution was a blog, turned movement, written by Alex and Brett Harris. The motto was “Do Hard Things”. Why do hard things? Not to torture yourself, rather to push yourself, challenge yourself not just to do your best, but to grow and eventually to do better than your best.
I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had never been a part of the Rebelution. I never went on to do anything “great” like others did. I never started a non-profit organization, I never wrote a book, and I never started a conference. But I did learn to do hard things. I learned that just because something is uncomfortable doesn’t mean I should avoid it or give up. No one may ever see my “hard things”, but I did take the message to heart.
Now, as I am married and beginning parenthood, I reflect on that motto “Do Hard Things.” The motto means so much. It means never shy away from putting work into my marriage. It means being honest when the truth hurts. It means learning from my Heavenly Father about parenthood. It means continually getting up and trying again. For me, “Do Hard Things” means seek and or create challenges for myself and then persevere through those challenges. We will see where that takes me!