That’s my story … and I’m sticking to it.
I jumped into working as an independent writer this year, one who has dreams of launching a business that does more of what I love, including having the freedom to write what’s most close to my heart and teaching young people to do the same.
But to write what’s most close to my heart, I have had to expose my heart–my fears, desires, failures and foibles. For someone who has put a lot of time and effort into keeping up appearances, being more authentic and integrating the parts of myself and my life that I’ve been ashamed of has been a truly frightening process.
That’s why the reaction I’ve received to my first efforts to “put myself out there” have been so amazing. Over the past two weeks, two pieces that I wrote were published in xoJane.com. It’s my first time publishing anything that’s had as much exposure across the country and the globe.
And the experience has been amazing. The comments the two pieces have generated have reinforced that I am moving in the right direction. The people, complete strangers, who’ve expressed how much they related to the pieces have reinforced one of my core beliefs: that when we share ourselves, we find that we are not alone; that we belong to a larger tribe, the human family; that what feels so particular and personal, can in fact be universal.
I haven’t been on my own website much lately. There are so many changes I’ve wanted to make that frankly, I have felt overwhelmed by it. And I haven’t blogged in months. But this morning, I decided to take a peek at it again. And I found my “philosophy.” I was thrilled to find that although there are many changes I still want to make to this site and so much work that I must do with my business, the philosophy remains the same.
It’s the guiding principle behind what and why I write. And it’s what I hope will help me build a successful writing and educational mentoring business that will help and inspire others while it supports me and my son.
Here it is:
“What I know is this: The world needs you to speak your truth. Speak the stuff you know. Some of you may think that to do so is radical. Others of you think to do so is selfish. And still others will think that what you do just in sharing your story is courageous, silly, crazy, meaningful.
And that is why you should do it. You never know what you and your story mean to others. So go tell it. Share it. Loud and proud.
The world needs you.”