Updated: Apr 21, 2022
As my mother and Mick Jagger say, “You can’t always get what you want.” And I am grateful for that. If I could get what I wanted, my life would be one hot mess.
I started this year looking at my fears of “being seen.” These fears are real and scary to me. I fear being vulnerable, being judged, being ridiculed, all based on early life experiences, or possibly simply being human. Ultimately, I was looking at what I don’t have (bravery, confidence, etc) and ignoring the gift horse staring me down. I have a voice, with some ability to use it and to be heard. What’s worse than being seen? NOT being seen, or more specifically, not being heard! I have a voice, and it does come with its own personal responsibilities, but I’m trying not to be afraid to use it.
As a side note, I had a conversation a while ago about the Mee,Too movement. The person I was talking to said, “Women are finally speaking up.” My response to that was, who moved? Are women actually speaking up more, or are we, the people, listening now, to voices that have been speaking up all along but fell on deaf ears?
Don’t ignore your own gift horse! It’s right in front of you.