I read a quote once along the lines of: One death is a tragedy. One thousand deaths is a statistic.
This is how the internet feels to me. To share your deepest vulnerabilities with one person is terrifying. To share them with the whole word is freeing.
I took a big leap of faith this week. I had a post featured on the Huffington Post, and in doing so, I put my vulnerabilities out there for anyone to see.
Sharing on a massive platform like the Huffington Post actually didn't feel that scary - those readers are "strangers from the Internet", so it's easy to take negative comments with a grain of salt. Sharing the link with you here feels a lot more personal. I'm not fooling myself into thinking that my readership here is huge. In fact, I kind of assume that if you're a frequent reader, you're also a commenter. If you've commented, chances are I've checked out your blog too, and we've maybe even become friends. So sharing this with you feels a lot more intimate to me. You do not fall in the "strangers on the Internet" category - you're more than that, and if I don't say so enough, I'm glad to have you here!
If you're interested, I'd love for you to have a read of my post, Scared Sick: Living with Emetophobia. Then if you're willing to, come back here and tell me about something your scared of. I promise not to laugh at your secret fears if you promise not to laugh at mine.