I want to write and create in order to connect, and I want to keep the door open for anyone who wants to walk in and have a conversation

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I write in order to connect, in order to share, in order to tell stories. I write because I think it is something worth reading, because I need to. I write because, deep down, I want to be listened to.

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The beauty of working on yourself, and reading other people’s words and experiences, and becoming a little more [bravely] vulnerable and a little less afraid of the stigma is… you have these moments of connection with people and realize that almost everyone around you is going through this shit, too

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It was a really nice connection moment. And the more I work on myself, the more I realize how important that connection is. You can hear it when someone shares their story on a podcast — lately I’ve been listening to Brene Brown’s Summer Sister series and Glennon Doyle’s We Can Do Hard Things. You can read it in a book, find a story about it online, but my personal favorite is when the magic connection moment happens IRL. That’s because this is the one that takes the most effort on my part — a little vulnerability and taking a chance showing that authentic side of myself, sharing a little glimpse of the “real me” – what I’m really thinking or feeling. NOT a carefully filtered through my brain to make sure it makes me seem like the person I SHOULD be share. No. I’m talking raw, unfiltered, and pure. Just true sharing. That doesn’t mean course or mean or shocking. It just means saying what you mean and not editing it into something you should say. And if the person you’re talking to can connect with that truth; if they can share a “same, girl,” or a “me, too” moment with you, it’s followed by this incredible shared moment of comfort and pressure relief — and that’s it — that’s the connection. That’s the magic.

https://creatingkismetcom.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/finding-worth