A while back I did something that was a huge deal for me. After a long period of no confidence, I set myself a challenge to share my message through the wonderful medium of TED.
It was the most incredible experience, and I feel truly honoured to have been part of it along with the other wonderful speakers.
After 8 long months of waiting, I was told it was up on Youtube!
It was an incredibly personal story and the first thing I did was share it with my husband who was a huge part of it. With his ok, I contacted family and friends and excitedly shared it with them and asked if they could share it too.
It’s a simple and ordinary tale about what to do if you find that you have lost yourself.
It is delivered with stumbles and hiccups. But I am proud that I did it, and it shows that YOU can do it too. ANYONE can.
It’s one of the most vulnerable things I have put on the internet and I went through so many emotions watching it and then seeing it shared all over social media.
Immediately I started to worry about what people would think, what they would say and how they would respond. I realised I was having a vulnerability hangover! That feeling after you share something huge that at one time would have crippled me.
The response I received from everyone has been phenomenal and all positive, but I was prepared for a negative response and happily welcome it.
Because part of sharing my story was about showing that I am just a human being with a story to tell, to help others feel empowered to do the same.
It wasn’t about external validation because as I share in my story, I already have validated myself internally.
A vulnerability hangover is a completely natural feeling, it happens when you move out of your comfort zone and that in itself is a fantastic thing! It means you are being brave, taking risks and becoming visible.
If you missed my TED talk you can watch it here
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