When is it OK to be vulnerable? In the office? On the bus? In church? Is it OK to be vulnerable when your kids push all your angry-buttons? Is it even possible?
How about at job interviews? In a cocktail party? When we talk about politics and city development projects and muslims and the future of education? Where are you then, I mean the real you? Are you there, do you show yourself? And if not, why not?
I often feel too afraid to show myself. It doesn’t take much. A bunch of people I don’t know will normally do it. I crawl into my turtle shell, pretend to be busy, look the other way. Sometimes I imagine that I don’t really like people. More often I think I don’t really like myself.
However, nothing is like doing it anyway. Are you a nervous elephant in the room? Talk about it. Do people rush past you with their important looks on? Go for their eyes, and give them a big ass smile from your heart. Do you wait for the people you don’t know to open up? Tell the bus driver and your dentist and your friend-to-be a little something about yourself. About the real you. Do it anyway, tell them, and be prepared to listen when magic starts happening!