I never, ever imagined that a silly little video that I posted of Ruby on Instagram would go viral. The thought never even crossed my mind.
And then it happened.
At first, I was scared half to death of what was happening. Likes, follows and comments were coming at me so fast, I couldn’t keep up with it all. I saw a few mean comments about Ruby and I was in tears. “What have I done?” I kept asking myself over and over. I felt like I had suddenly thrust my sweet baby girl into a cruel horrible world. Even though I could shelter her from the cruelty, I wasn’t sure my heart could handle it. I found myself frantically checking every single post on my page for any sign of negativity.
My first instinct was to delete the video and close down our page. Make it all go away. Go back to being Angie and Ruby before we were @angieandruby. Hide Ruby away from the world so I didn’t have to face the painful words of total strangers.
But then, the kindness flooded in. So many messages from so many people telling me that they had watched every single video of Ruby and they wanted more! She gave them hope, made them smile, relieved depression and anxiety, and made them laugh. And then it clicked for me….this was all supposed to happen this way! I was being shown that Ruby’s love and light was needed by others–and on top of that, I had been given the channel in which to share her with the world!
So, I took a deep breath and I posted another video, another photo, did an interview with the local news….and the kindness just kept pouring in. I saw that our followers were not going to tolerate any mean comments about Ruby. And I relaxed. I stopped worrying and resisting and decided to make @angieandruby a community of acceptance, hope and love.
The truth is, I get so much joy out of sharing Ruby and reading the comments to her. Ruby and I try to respond back to everyone who sends us a private message, often with a personal video. I feel that it is important to engage with our followers and give back to those who take the time to send us a message. It also helps Ruby to connect with the people who love her so much in a way that resonates with her!
But still, that old nagging fear is never far away.
This weekend, I was contacted by a popular Facebook page that would like to create a video about Ruby. I felt fear rush back into my heart…what if people say mean things, what if they spin the message in a way that I don’t agree with? What if I am doing everything wrong?
And then I remembered WHY I am doing this: Because Ruby was put on this earth to spread love and light–and I am here to help her.
Ruby and I will be going live on Instagram at 5:00 p.m. CDT on May 31. Please ask Ruby questions in the comments and I will read them to her so we can all giggle at her responses. We are so excited to interact with our fans in real time! 🙂
Angie and Ruby