Revealing Yourself Through Story

What’s it like to reveal so much about yourself? Don’t you feel exposed? Why share your story?

These are questions, or at least statements in disguise of such questions, that I receive from time to time. The UYC project is about learning how to be your best self through taking care of yourself first.

Through leading a life of intentional self growth I share my journey in how I am striving to achieve some component of being a better version of myself each and every day. It requires honesty, transparency, authenticity and vulnerability.

So, what’s it like?

Simply put, it’s connected me to the world around me, and most importantly, to myself. Through sharing my story, wholeness and connectedness ensues. I’m lighter, freer and happier.

However, initially, it wasn’t easy sharing my story with such vulnerability. Voices emerged within; what will Sam think or how will my family and friends react to the truth I’m sharing? I went many months publishing articles without telling a soul, not even my wife.

This, in fact, is a fear that arises out of the gates (and still creeps up now and again). It’s called resistance. Resistance knows that this is the very thing your soul needs for growth and truth, so, the job of resistance is to keep you from getting there.

Most people answer to resistance, they abide. However, finding that initial courage and pushing through resistance to discover the feeling that lies on the other side is the fuel to continue sharing through honesty and vulnerability.

You see, being honest and open with myself first, and then to the world around me through writing, allowed for deeper connection. It’s connected me to people who feel the way I am feeling in some way shape or form. We, as a human species, are much more connected to each other than what we think or what we lead ourselves to think.

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That’s one of the most profound things I’ve discovered since writing and sharing my words with others. We go through life not wanting to reveal the truth of ourselves for fear of how the greater society (our neighbors, friends, family) might think of us. Because that’s not what they’re doing. Being your true self is going against the grain of what our culture has instilled.

Because of this fear we have, of truth, we lead divided lives. What a shame it is to be on your death bed and know that the truest form of yourself didn’t show up on Earth.

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Sharing my story, it’s not about revealing too much of myself or being too open and honest with others for fear of what they might think of me, it’s about pushing through to the other side to feel the way I want to feel so I can open myself up to the world around me.

So I keep writing and sharing because of how it makes me feel, and maybe, just maybe, it can make a difference in someone else’s journey.

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About Eric Ungs

Eric Ungs writes about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook.

2 Comments

  1. Eric, thank you again! Every time I see an e-mail from your site and an article to read I feel my day and my soul will be energized once again. You speak the language I am trying most earnestly to learn and live. I am presently in a new work environment and the supervisor I work with is a wonderful, faith filled woman that is very open to sharing, which in turn allows me another level of trust in doing the same with her.

    I am spending some free time working on my photography skills and learning how to take better pictures. Through those images, they invoke thoughts that help me to bring clarity to my rest of my life goals.

    Thank you again! I hope you keep this project of yours going for a long time. I love it!

    DS

    1. Eric Ungs

      David, that’s excellent you can pour you energy into a passion project, like your photography, outside of work. I think it’s healthy for your soul. Kudos to you and thank you so much for the kind words.

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