It’s been a long time coming, but I’m starting to believe that it is Safe to be myself. Today, I share my mistakes and personal qualities that I would have once kept hidden. I have to fight that urge to keep secrets, but I have discovered that sharing is the key to safety.
Just last week, someone I know gave a speech to a large group. In his speech, he detailed his failures but focused on being his best self. To his surprise, he got a standing ovation.
I was a little shocked when he told me about his speech. One part of me thought “I would never have told them my failures! Why would you do that?” A wiser part of me answered the question — “Because people crave authenticity.” I want to be like that — really authentic.
Authenticity is a new quality for me. I have to fight my instincts to protect parts of myself that has been attacked in the past. But
those parts of me that I want to hide are valuable. Those stories contain the essence of my growth and learning.
Without mistakes and failures, I would not have grown and learned new things. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I’m a normal human being doing what we all do… growing, learning, and expanding.
When I share my mistakes or unlikable qualities I’m able to connect with others who have had similar experiences. We’re not failures my friends, we’re A+ learners. It is safe to be myself. I can say it, and I believe it. We all are longing for more authenticity.
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