Do you know that feeling, when you’ve discovered or realized something amazing… and you immediately want to tell EVERYONE you know about it?
Those are the moments when I think: I should start a blog! Others are bound to find this interesting as well!
This lasts about 5-10 minutes – then the doubts start kicking in: “What if no one cares?”, “What if I write something wrong?”, “What if my (future) employer doesn’t like it?”, “What if it will haunt me for the rest of my life?”.
I usually end up whatsapping 2-3 friends about my discovery… and then stop because after all “they probably know this already”.
Two years ago… I finally decided to give blogging a go. I asked for advice on hosts and picked a non-public option, where I could decide who has access. Lower risk of public scrutiny. Then I wrote my first blog post. Yay!
I never gave anyone access.
So here I am again, two years later… reminding myself of the words I read in Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”*:
“Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. […] Rather than sitting on the sidelines[…], we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.”
I’m still scared. But I promised myself I would try the path of more vulnerability. As they say in German: “Augen zu und durch” (“close your eyes and go”).
Dear world: here I am.
*Brené Brown, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” (2015, ISBN-13: 978-1592408412, a list of Brené Brown’s books can be found here: https://brenebrown.com/books-audio/)