I’ve been harboring a secret for quite some time. When the New Year rolled around, I thought it would be the perfect time to let go, confess and trust. Hesitation prevailed. It’s a hard thing to let go, especially when you’ve been keeping something to yourself for so long. Can you relate?
While It can be exciting to harbor some secret, the hesitancy to let go of others can be rooted in fear. The fear of what others will think, say or do. And then there are some that fall somewhere in between. Thankfully, my secret falls closer to the excitement side of the spectrum. I’m ready to let it out and see what happens.
Here goes. I wrote a book! Or perhaps I should say I completed a book draft. I‘ve been working on it off and on for a few years. I’m glad I persevered my way through the self-doubt and authored a book that I am proud of.
I don’t recall where I heard it but writing a book is one of the greatest personal development experiences one can ever experience. It takes so much determination, tenacity and focus that you can’t help but grow as a human being. The consistency of showing up again and again until you get it done is a badge of honor all by itself. Even if my book never reaches anyone else’s eyes, then so be it because my personal evolution has triumphed in a way that is very affirming. For that alone, I am truly grateful.
I think it took me a couple of years just to find my authentic voice. When I write, I dwell in the heart of who I am. It is a place where I have perfect clarity. But even though it feels right, there is great vulnerability in sharing one’s private thoughts, feelings and experiences even if the intention is to inspire others. Peeling back the layers, embracing ones personal truth and sharing parts of ones story is the ultimate form of self-expression.
I’m feeling a little lighter now that my secret is out in the universe. My next hurdle is getting it published. Stay tuned.
How about you? Do you have any secrets you want to let go of?