Let your freak flag FLY! You've gotta be true to you! Open your heart and be courageous enough to share your authentic human experience!
The more active we all become on social media, we must stay authentic and true. Sometimes, it may feel easier to share our truths through a screen, but for me...there is always that fear of judgment. The fear that if someone disagrees with my opinion or human expression, that I will be rejected. I have a deep fear of rejection and am seriously working on it! Yay for modern psychology, yoga, and introspection! I have come very far in my journey to be courageous enough to open up my heart/mind to others, but I still have miles to go before I sleep. As a yoga teacher, I have to do this every time I step in front of a class or Yoga Teacher Training group. SO, my personal mission is to be comfortable with it, make peace with the fluctuations of my mind and stick with my discomfort.
When I was growing up, I was so shy I couldn't even sell Girl Scout cookies with out my little sister talking for me. I felt so anxious and scared. I was always the shy, quiet kid in class. It's not my nature to be in center stage, but I guess it is my destiny? LOL who knows...
My parents are musicians, so I am lucky enough to have some musical gifts. I used these gifts in choirs and musicals growing up, but always felt SICK before a performance. Not until I began stepping into my fears and anxieties did I feel grounded enough to fully open my heart. It wasn't until about 3 years into my yoga teaching career that I felt "okay" or confident in a class. What a journey!
SO, my biggest tips to getting vulnerable and comfortable with that UGH feeling you may get when you have to speak in front of others, share your opinion, or meet someone new is to JUMP IN!!! DIVE IN! Step into the fire. Show up & lean in to your fears. Be curious about them. Look them dead in the eye. Let your fears be your greatest teachers. Remember that you are safe, okay, and it's all good. Also, you're not alone. Most of us experience anxiety on some part of the spectrum.
Lastly,...stay TRUE. Be courageous enough to share your view of the world. Be courteous enough to hear others' opinions, but don't feel bad about staying grounded in your own expression.
Do you, y'all.