EDITOR’S NOTE: Sierra Hobson is a junior at ISU from Geneva, Illinois. Hobson is  majoring in English studies with interest in creative writing and rhetoric. Her blog will concentrate on health related topics.


Hello readers! 

I want to begin a new series dedicated to health related topics whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or a combination. Suffering in silence and using unnecessary sarcasm and cynicism as a defensive mechanism isn’t cool anymore kiddos! *sighs* 

In all seriousness, I want to be a friend to anyone and everyone who has not been themselves lately. Although many of the topics I wish to discuss may trigger sensitity, they deserve a platform with the intention of dismissing misconceptions and promoting positivity and rehabilitation in regards to issues of identity, image and confidence. 

Personally, this past year has been difficult. I was not writing because I could not fully accept nor understand my own thoughts, let alone express them to an audience. I was embarrassed at my lack of content and my inability to heal. However, despite my efforts, I have been unable to stop fantasizing about putting pen to paper once again. Whether it is listening to song lyrics or talking to a friend, our words have meaning. 

In theory, we are all rhetors, holding various intentions close to us. A call to action, a story to share. Effective communication breeds prosperity and gratification. We may not always be satisfied with the result of our endeavors, however; there is nothing more precarious than uncertainty. 

People hurt people and people heal people. 

We are all feeling and perhaps we are showing, but we are not telling. The most powerful ability a human holds is to exercise their voice, yet so few allow their minds to wander outside a comfortable place. Maybe this is motivated by fear. What is truly terrifying is the impending apprehension towards communication in general. When did we stop listening? 

Time is relative, take as much as you need to reestablish your goals.  Being alone does not have to be lonely. Just remember, distancing yourself to avoid burdening those around you is simply allowing your insecurities to linger. Talking to someone is not putting the responsibility on them. Asking for help is not a weakness. Sharing a reality is holding yourself accountable for your feelings and the actions you pursue in response to those feelings.

 Emotions are valid. Emotions are logical. Our experiences provide credibility and reason to how we respond, how we move forward, or why we abandon the familiar and develop a new path. Let me tell you something, courage looks good on you. There is nothing more attractive than someone who is able to express themselves. Embrace all that you carry because no one else will be able to hold on quite as long. 

In conclusion, I’m back. I am nervous and excited to tell you all about where I have been and where I am headed. For those of you who don’t know me, apologizes in advance because you are about to learn just about everything there is. Thank you for reading and I hope you tune in next week. Comment below what you would like to hear from me!



​SIERRA HOBSON is a blogger for Videtteonline.com. Contact her at srhobso@ilstu.edu. Follow her on twitter @hobson_sierra.

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