Why though?

The idea for this series hit me out of nowhere, as a lot of great ideas do. I have not always (ever) been great about sharing my feelings (I’m horrible at it). Talking about my feelings involved a lot of shame. I had to tell a nurse at my annual exam yesterday that I want to talk to a nutritionist about my weight and shocked myself when I didn’t tear up speaking the words, saying my truth to another person.

Half the time I tear up because I have to admit a perceived weakness, the other half I tear up because I can’t do it myself and I hate asking for help.

There’s so much stigma around having mental health issues. Having a hard time doing something. Not being 100% confident all the time.

“It’s all relative.”

“It’s not as bad as…”

“At least I have…”

No. Nope. It is okay if you feel like you’re going off the rails a little. It is okay to grab for a hand. It is okay to not know everything, inherently, perfectly. It’s okay.

It’s. Okay.

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Get Nervous #1

Get Nervous #1

Get Nervous #1. I can’t believe seven readers trusted me to create a space for them to tell their most vulnerable stories in front of fifty other people who had no idea what to expect. In the simplest of terms, I gave myself permission to do it, and by extension gave them permission to do it, and by extension gave the audience permission to enjoy it.

The readers were:

Alicia Hueni

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Tanya Dickinson

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Jonanna Widner

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Maria Bonacci

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Tessara Dudley

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Nicole Smith

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Mel Wells

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