Writing is an emotionally risky thing to do.
A lot of people tell me I’m brave. This isn’t something that’s happened since I’ve started writing or self-publishing. This has been going on my entire life, and on a fundamental level, it perplexes me. My own mother was telling me this ever since I was 18 months old, climbing out of the crib and heading for the 6 foot chain-link fence that separated our apartment complex from the freeway.
He clearly thought I was nuts, but he married me anyway. (A topic for deeper analysis, to be sure.)
You’re taking the chance of exposing your weaknesses to the world. Brown found in her research that it was precisely these people – the ones who risked being vulnerable to the world – who were the most connected and had the strongest sense of worthiness and belonging in their lives.