The lizard brain.

It helps protect us. It also elicits fear, often keeping us from opportunities that help us grow.

For me, sharing my story is hard.

“All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only the negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person. The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m learning that sharing my story, the good, the bad and the ugly is necessary. If not for you, for me.

The world just needs people who are authentic, true to themselves and practice what a professor of mine called:

“Radical Candor.”

If you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon yet, brutal honesty and transparent communication is cathartic. It breathes relief and is a gateway for genuine connection.

You don’t need to tell your story eloquently. Just tell it.

You don’t need an audience, just an open ear, a keyboard or a camera.

You don’t need to find a good reason, because you already are one.

Your story is not limited to any particular method of delivery. If you’re a dancer, dance. If you’re an artist, do art, if you’re a singer, sing.

“Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.” — David Mamet

Show up for yourself. Lean into discomfort. Don’t fear being misunderstood. Take the dive and learn to share.

Thank you.