I’m generally a pretty private person – at least anything to do with what goes on inside my head.
But the other day, I got an abnormal urge to act on a point of vulnerability and posted the following on LinkedIn.
I didn’t do it for the post to go viral or as a “cry for help.” I didn’t even do it in the hopes that even one person would find it helpful or that it would resonate with them.
I just did it to share my thoughts and feelings. I took a stab at being brave. That is all.
Having said this, if it resonates with you in any way, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story!
I have a confession to make! 😮
I can be very socially awkward.😬
Yes, I can say things in public that come out wrong. 😬
Yes, I can send messages or emails that seem too salesey or lack emotional intelligence.😬
Yes, I regularly draw a blank when it comes to knowing what to say to people.😬
Yes, I can be intimidated by people when talking to them on the phone (without having visual cues of face-to-face conversations).😬
Yes, I sometimes will talk wayyyy too much.😬
Yes, I sometimes will avoid silences in conversations by talking more to fill the empty space.😬
Yes, because I spend my days talking to myself when I’m around people I sometimes need a catalyst to get a conversation started.😬
Yes, I’m uncomfortable/awkward when talking to women I find attractive and would like to get to know better.🤦♂️😬
There are probably more idiosyncrasies and social issues but above all else, what matters most to me is that you know and believe I truly mean well.
But, my heart is definitely coming from a good place of kindness, empathy, a ridiculous desire to be seen as helpful, friendly and with a touch of weird man-child sense of humour (ok, give me a beverage and it’s more like a tidal wave instead of a touch).
I truly value the relationships I have developed over the past 6.5 years even if as a middle-aged guy I have a challenge building deeper relationships with people.
Anyways, if you got this far and are seeing this post, and if I have made any of these kinds of socially awkward mistakes with you, and as the Canadian in me would say, I’m sorry.
#empathy #emotionalintelligence #people #kindness #truthbomb #vulnerability #vulnerable #relationshipsmatter #bekindtoyourself #bekindtoeveryone
To see the link on LinkedIn, check it out here.