07 Mar This is Daring Greatly
Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement and advice we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly. – Brene Brown
This is DEEP. This is raw. This is REAL.
Read this quote again….
and one more time…
Let the words really sink in.
This is a quote from Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, which I recently started reading. She is a shame researcher. Say what? That’s a weird job description, right? She interviews people, has done TED talks and writes books about shame and vulnerability.
Does just thinking about that word – shame – make you feel icky inside? It sure does for me. When I hear the words ‘shame’ and ‘vulnerability’ I want to hide under the covers and not come out. I want to change the subject and talk about the latest movie I saw (Wait, who am I kidding? I haven’t been to a movie theatre in months…I’m a mother!) Those words ignite a physical reaction within me, sort of like vomit (sorry to be so graphic) getting stuck in my throat.
To be totally real with you, I actually started reading this book a couple of months ago but only got through the first chapter. I returned it to the library and thought – this isn’t for me. I don’t need to read about this.
But here’s the thing, I kept thinking about it. I kept thinking about the book, about how this lady with a PhD has written several books and has dedicated her entire life to this cringe-worthy subject.
Then I started to listen to Your Kick Ass Life podcast by Andrea Own (which is totally awesome) and she kept referencing this researcher and her books. She would quote Brene Brown from time to time and each quote she mentioned struck me in a real, to the core kind-of- way.
Then, finally, the tipping point was this: I realized as I travel further down the road of my health and fitness journey, as I discover more about myself and my dreams and how big they really are, I am opening up the doors for vulnerability and shame to flood in. I am putting myself out there, out there in real life and in cyberspace. There are going to be disappointments (shame) and setbacks (more shame) and people are going to know about it and see it (vulnerability).
I have a choice: I can either play it safe and protect myself from ridicule, judgement, shame and vulnerability OR I can GO FOR IT. I can give it my all and no matter the outcome, at the end of my life, I will know in my heart that I NEVER gave up and that I did my BEST and tried my BEST and that the bad AND the good were all WORTH it because I fought for my dreams and went for my dreams and that I made a difference, maybe not in the whole world, but at least in MY world.
So…I went back to the library and picked up a copy (again) and decided I would read and finish this book because it keeps coming up in one way or another.
I am only a few chapters in and all I can say is I am SO glad I gave it another try!
Shame and vulnerability are a MAJOR part of the human experience. They cannot be avoided.
We can either let it defeat us OR we can let it shape us into a stronger, more courageous person.
What will you CHOOSE?
(Seriously, I want to know what you choose so contact me! Either comment below, email me or find me on one of my personal social media pages!)
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown can found here à http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=daring+greatly+brene+brown&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=52958279515&hvpos=1t3&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7652714581452591413&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7saanfclxf_b
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