I’m in the process of revamping and ‘rebranding’ my blog. I wanted it to be more ‘me’.
A few weeks ago I thought long and hard about who I am at my core, and how much of that core-person I get to share with the world without censoring myself or worrying what others would think. I pondered words I thought represented this ‘core of me’. Eventually I came up with Heart of Zeal. (A Google search later informed me of a connection to World of Warcraft. So not intentional!)
Heart of Zeal.
As a teenager I’d get picked on by friends (usually lovingly) for being so melodramatically passionate about the idea of ‘saving the world’ (not too much has changed there). At some points throughout my life I felt compelled to ‘tone it down’, be less vocal about my passion. Every once in awhile I’d meet that rare person who accepted it in me and matched my crazy passion with their own. But the point is, I got used to being shy about it and not wearing it on my sleeve for everyone.
Now I’m an adult. And I don’t care as much about what people think. So here it is. Ha!
But in all seriousness, I learned something important. People actually want to know that ‘core you’. They crave it, because a part of them wants to show you their ‘core selves’. I learned that when you do show that core, that genuine, true you, you actually get really positive results from others.
Be true to yourself. Weirdness and all.
It’s possible, I guess, you might scare a few people off in the process. But I’d bet it’s not because they don’t like the core you. It’s probably more about a fear of their own core selves. Someone has to go first to break the ice. Why not you?
It’s always risky.
I’m still not where I want to be in terms of courage to show the world my core me. Like anyone, I still worry about being judged or not accepted for who I am. But revamping this blog is a small step. Heart of Zeal – that’s who I am, take it or leave it. Silly and weird colorful art on my art page. Loving volunteerism and nonprofits and saving the worldness. Being kind of a geek. Practicing vulnerability. Inviting others to connect.