If you are like me, you probably structure your life to become invulnerable. We armor up before facing the day to protect our fragile bits. We build walls that distance us from emotional attachment to things and as a result cushion us from criticism.
I hold back the real me in favor of a more acceptable or predictable me. While that does lend itself to maintaining social order (imagine a world where everyone is open about everything with everyone) it also lends itself to anomie and a creeping withdrawal from meaningful relationships.
One of the results of starting this blog is realizing how vulnerable I am. The walls don’t do much good to protect my ego when I venture outside of them. One of my dreams is to create something that helps a lot of people to find their niche. I hope this blog will be the start of lots of fulfilled dreams.
Because this is so important to me, every post is an emotional roller coaster. Will my thoughts be well received? Are they helpful? Does anyone care one way or the other? By escaping the walls of my emotional fortress, I am choosing to make myself really vulnerable. In the end, I think that’s best. Imagine if all the people who have inspired you in the past chose to hide instead of engaging the world where they live.
Work really, really hard. Create something awesome. Break out of your fortress and put it on display. Sure, some people will criticize and others will completely ignore you. But to those you help, all the naysayers in the world won’t matter.
(Thanks for following along! What kinds of things are you working on now? Feel free to leave your comments or suggestions below.)