So, I’m not afraid to admit it. I turned 40 on April 7th. And I enjoyed it. No excuses, no regrets; just celebration. I spent the morning running through Washington, D.C. and across the finish line of the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler with a huge smile on my face and the feel of triumph in my heart. Afterwards I enjoyed a delicious lunch with my family and some great friends, and then a quiet afternoon at home with my boys. It was a perfect way to usher out the last four decades and welcome in a new one.
This forty thing is new to me, but so far I’m really digging it. The past two weeks have been filled with all sorts of self-realization and discovery. Something tells me that this is just the tip of the iceberg and boy, am I excited about it! Already I’m feeling a major shift in my life and business. (If you want to follow along with my daily revelations, follow me on Twitter. I would love if you would share yours with me as well!)
One of the realizations I’ve come to terms with is this: I express myself so much better with words than I ever can verbally. From the time I was a kid; I could pour my heart out in a letter but would completely clam up in a personal conversation. This is something that has not changed with the passage of time and onset of maturity.
I suppose that is why I am drawn to social media and the online world. It’s a way to, in essence, hide behind a façade and write your way into other people’s hearts. It’s a natural fit for me. Even though my words are genuine and my personality shines through, if you meet me in person I’m almost certain you will feel a bit of a disconnect between my online presence and my face-to-face demeanor. It’s certainly not intentional but it is a real part of my personality.
Is this you, too? Can you relate? I can’t pin down any particular reason for it, and I’ve come to accept it as a part of who I am. And that’s why I’m writing about it. Because authentic writing is a part of who I am, and I don’t want to hide any of that. You shouldn’t either. Be real and genuine, both online and in person. Don’t be afraid to express yourself with words and tell your story. There are people out there just waiting to meet you and get to know you. And, chances are, the people that appreciate your story are the friends and fans you want to build a sustainable relationship with.