Fear, Curiosity, Learning in Public
Curiosity has been one of my top core values over the past few years.
It has helped me make big decisions when stakes were high.
But, nearly always, it was accompanied by fear.
Fear of failure.
Fear of not meeting the expectations of others.
Fear of walking a lonely path.
I sense a similar battle between these two ever since I started this journey of putting myself out before via writing.
Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure and fear of sharing in public.
What if nobody cares about my perspective?
Why should anybody care about what I say?
Why should I bother sharing my experiences and learning?
This is where I come back to this video about Elizabeth Gilbert and her perspective on fear, curiosity, learning in public, and living a creative life.
There are two things in the above video that stood out for me:
i) When you don’t share your talent, insights, lessons, experiences, or wisdom, they become a pain.
ii) When you share your learning in public, you are more likely to treat yourself better. It helps you have a “compassionate alignment with your reality.”
I resonate a lot with the above two ideas. I got a first-hand experience during the newsletter-6 talking about my latest binge.
Usually, such episodes leave me feeling guilty for days and often result in subsequent binges.
However, the day I shared it with everyone in this newsletter, I felt that a load was lifted off my shoulders.
Moreover, reading some of your responses was really encouraging and empowering. It helped me have a more compassionate alignment with my reality.
And, what does it take to share?
Just 1% more curiosity than fear.
This is what keeps Elizabeth Gilbert on a creative path.
So, you are allowed to feel fear but just have a little bit more curiosity.
That’s all it takes.
So, I have decided that every time I feel the fear of writing or expressing myself in public, I will consciously choose to be curious and explore that curiosity through writing and sharing it in public.
It usually comes out in the form of something I read, watched, or experienced.
But isn’t that creativity is all about?
Just your perspective about common things shared via the lens of your unique worldview!
Here is to choosing curiosity over fear!
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