You’re absolutely right, Hana. I agree with and have felt, still feel, every single thing you said.
If I had a dollar for each time I wrote an article, looked at it, thought ‘who cares’/’no one’s gonna read this garbage’/’do I really want to put this out into the world for people to see and know about me?’, and deleted it, I’d have enough to put every Medium writer I love in a Bentley.
It can be a scary thing, exposing the ‘impolite’ parts you shy away from showing, to the people who you might see in your day-to-day life. However, when I think of this, I’m always reminded of the Dr. Seuss quote to the effect of ‘Say what you feel. The people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind’.
Please, for you and for everyone who might read, just click ‘Publish!’.