What Are You Hiding?
Let’s be real, most of us are sensitive, vulnerable, and unsure of ourselves more than we want others to know. Every single one of us has a sensitive side, and yet so many of us try to hide it. Why? Because sensitive people are too often perceived as weak or broken. But to feel intensely is not a weakness; it is the characteristic of a truly alive and compassionate human being. In reality it is not the sensitive person who is broken, it is society’s understanding that has become dysfunctional and emotionally incapacitated. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being “too emotional” or “ complicated” are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more thoughtful, caring, and humane world.
You should never be ashamed to let your feelings, smiles, and tears shine a light in this world. And don’t be afraid to feel a bit awkward and unsure of yourself in the process.
Have you ever cried at work? I have. I have cried not because I am or was weak, but because something that occurred that was out of my control be it a lie or a form of disrespect provoked me to cry instead of act out. How do I feel about that? I feel nothing about it, because I feel it helped the situation not to be what it could have been.
But, a harsh truth remains: The enemies we encounter in life, especially our own inner demons, use the things we’re insecure about against us. Which means we can’t hide forever? We have to emerge. We have to grow through our insecurities.
At some point we have to free ourselves and take our power back by being secure in who we are…sensitives, vulnerabilities, insecurities, and all.
So, instead of smiling to be polite, just cry when you need to. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn’t all right and talk about your feelings!
It’s time to liberate yourself.
Admit your truth.
And take that bold step forward.