Which parts of yourself do you keep hidden from public view? I’m guessing that there are a few things that you keep to yourself. Stuff that you fear would be seen as a bit weird, that others wouldn’t quite understand.
Or is it just me..?
Beneath a Facade?
There was a documentary on the BBC recently about wildlife presenter, Chris Packham. It was his opportunity to be open about his life with asperges. In a part of the interview he talked about his struggles with reining in certain idiosyncrasies and traits in his job as a TV presenter.
He had to hide the natural tendencies he has for fear of being seen as weird and not fitting in as he needed to.
The documentary was an opportunity for him to be open about the truth of who he is beneath that facade. And there is something refreshingly beautiful about hearing someone share stuff that they are ashamed about. Or at least hidden because they feel they should be ashamed about it.
This level of vulnerability not only gives a refreshing insight into Chris himself, but opens up the conversation for others living with asperges as well.
The program filled me with hope. We could all learn something about ourselves and how we keep parts of ourselves hidden from others. Even those closest to us.
It doesn’t matter what your background or temperament is. You can learn something for your own life.
It Takes Time
Introverts and Highly Sensitive People naturally take time to let other people in. But even then there are certain parts of us that we might keep hidden behind a strange sense of shame. These are things that are foundational to who you are.
Everyone has secrets that they don’t want others to know about. Many of these are actually beautiful things that can connect us more deeply to one another. You might even hide deep parts of yourself from loved ones and close friends.
In this episode of the podcast I unpack how we keep these areas hidden, and why our lives could be improved if we were more vulnerable.
- A Silly Side
It might be that you don’t want to assert your opinions and demands on others. Maybe you feel like people would judge you or think you weird. But very often, it’s actually those things that we keep hidden from the world that are actually extremely helpful and even attractive to other people.
Over to You
What quirks or idiosyncrasies do you keep hidden from people around you because you wonder what they will think? Please leave your response in the comments below.