Thank you! Thank you for this awesome response Kate.
I wrote this after somebody was kind enough to point me toward a couple of talks given by Brene Brown. In them, she talks about shame, vulnerability and connection. You can find links to them in the comments of my piece titled Finnegan.(I apologize if that seems lazy, but I seem to have a glitch with inserting links on Medium.)
My big take away was that I need to stop hiding around in the background — a life long trait. I am worthy…of what exactly, I am not sure, yet. I need to flail myself into the fray and get dirty.
She also points out that joy and connection are tied to vulnerability. Looking back, it is my writings where I am most vulnerable and authentic that I get the best connection.
A good lesson for me — for all!