The feeling reminded me of a video that a friend had shared, it was a TED talk done by Brene Brown called "The Power of Vulnerability" (see below). In this talk Dr. Brown discusses how people connect, specifically the idea that in order to connect, we have to be vulnerable. The line that connected with me the most was when she said "What is courage... from the Latin...courage - tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.. these people had the courage to be imperfect... to have compassion with themselves, connection with others based on authenticity and embraced vulnerability... to be vulnerable was to be beautiful."
These words make sense when you read/ hear them but the core idea behind them is harder to practice. When most people meet me, they think I am open and fearless but I hide a lot of who I am. The online portion of the CWF-COADY project is forcing me to be open and address those layers of vulnerability that I want to pretend does not exist.