Is there something about yourself or your life that embarrasses you?
For me, there are plenty of things. For one, I pick my skin when I’m anxious. I know it’s not a good thing to do, but it happens. It’s gotten better over the years, but the behavior has its roots in anxiety and OCD. It’s something that started happening when I was a teenager. It continues to this day.
There was a point in my life when I never would have shared that kind of information? But now I don’t care so much. Why? What changed?
I now know from experience that this kind of information makes me relatable. Whenever I’ve shared something online that I thought would be too much for others, it was precisely the kind of information that had the biggest impact. It was information that made others want to reach out to me and share their stories.
Social worker and researcher, Brene Brown, has built an entire career on studying shame (Awesome video at the end of this issue). And you know what? Shame in only shame when we don’t talk about the “shameful” topics. Once we talk about them, the shame goes away.