I suppose whenever a person presents a creative work to the world, they feel vulnerable. You’ve put your spirit, your soul, your vision into it, and you hope that at least some people will find it beautiful, or meaningful, or at least entertaining. And if it’s a memoir, you’re even more exposed. At least that’s the way I was feeling the past few weeks as my book was coming into print.
So I felt fortunate to open The Oprah Magazine today and see an article on vulnerability. In it, Dr. Brene Brown writes that vulnerability–being brave enough to “show up and let ourselves be seen”–is the catalyst for human connection and a way to live a whole-hearted life. In other words, the risk is worth it. I didn’t know all this when I wrote the book; I just followed my instinctive desire to write it. But, as a result, I’m finding that my conversations with people are indeed deeper and richer. I guess that at 72–or any age–you’re not too old to finally be open and authentic. And you don’t have to write a book to do it.