Over the past six months, there hasn’t been much that I haven’t shared about myself: My anxiety. My reservations on religion. My lack of money. My struggle with getting older. My failures. My weight gain … Really, nothing has been “off the table”.
This was a conscience decision. I’ve chosen to be vulnerable.
Still, each and every time, before I hit publish, I pause briefly, wondering if this is going to be the story that derails my path. It’s that fear in all of us that believes that our pains are singular. The voice that tells us that if we tell others about our weaknesses, they’ll think less of us.
Maybe it’s been me just getting to a point of not caring, or something more sincere, but sometime last year I decided that I was just going to write about what was on my mind and not worry about the consequences.
It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I know, that sounds cliche, but it’s true.
I feel so fortunate to have reached so many people with my writing. And, based on the messages I’ve received, it appears it has made a difference for some.
That’s honestly what keeps me going.
I’ve discovered that vulnerability has led me to becoming a better person. A better human. A better Entrepreneur. Caring more about the well-being of others.
I’ve also discovered that every problem I’ve had/or have is not unique. There is always someone that can relate or has the exact same problem.
It’s been really enlightening and I wanted to dedicate this post to sharing 24 more vulnerable things about myself with the hope that you’ll do the same in the comments below. I’d love for you to give it a try.
- I have a fear of clusters, it’s called trypophobia. Gross.
- I’m constantly concerned that I’ve missed my window of success.
- I fear regret, but never hesitate making a decision.
- I love when things are organized, but I despise being the one to organize things.
- Sometimes … actually often times, I worry about what others think of me.
- I’ve lied on personality tests to pretend I’m an extrovert. I honestly think that I am, but I can’t be certain.
- I’ve been told I’m good at sales, but I really don’t like selling things to people. I’d prefer that people come to me when they want something, which is why I love marketing.
- As much as I write, I don’t consider myself a good writer. In fact, I’m not sure I even like doing it.
- I constantly struggle with being a good father and husband.
- I still desire fame.
- I still desire financial and materialistic success.
- I NEVER feel accomplished at the end of the day.
- I don’t fear public speaking, but I froze two years ago during a talk and still haven’t regained my confidence.
- I haven’t forgiven myself for spending five years of my career working for a company I knew I didn’t want to be at.
- I’m no where close to where I thought I’d be at this age. It’s really disappointing.
- Nothing makes me cry harder than seeing a child in pain.
- Five years ago, my anxiety was so bad that I could barely leave the house. At the time, I didn’t think I would ever return to an anxiety-free existence.
- During that time, the thought of suicide gave me comfort. However, I never got further than considering it an option.
- Almost everything I write is inspired by music.
- I’m afraid of confrontation.
- I’ve never liked the norm. Everything I do, I look for the road less traveled first.
- I intentionally throw a curse word in some of my posts to offset the balance.
- Last month was the first time in my life that I didn’t consider religion a farce.
- I lost my Grandma yesterday. I really hope Heaven is real.
Now it’s your turn. I’d love to get to know you. If you’d rather reach out privately, I welcome your email (danaseverson at gmail).