To make an earnest, exposed statement is itself an act of bravery.
all, the world is a cynical, corrupt, snarky place. One where people fetishize
irony and have zero tolerance for earnestness.
And so, it’s no surprise that
we’ve develop a conflicted relationship with our most earnest aspirations. There’s
too much social risk.
Think of it this way. When we’re sitting in traffic and
another driver catches us belting out show tunes at the top of our lungs, there
are two possible responses.
We can turn beet red and avert our eyes and
shamefully slide down our car seat, hoping that person doesn’t judge us
Or we can turn the knob to eleven and sing even louder and maybe even
roll down the window and reach out the invisible microphone and invite that
other person to sing along with us.
We always have that choice. It’s one that
we make dozens of times a day. Instead of sheepishly admitting our guilty
pleasures, we could shamelessly express our sincerest enthusiasms.
Instead of dodging responsibility for our decisions, we could find the
firm ground on which we stand fearlessly and sing that song as loud as we can.
point is, irony is exhausting. Trying to look cool is a complete waste of
energy. Earnestness, on the other hand, is liberating. And it’s a lot less
What’s more, when we take complete ownership over something, truly
allowing that thing to possess us, the world has a hell of hard time trying to
shoot holes in it.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What excuses are you making not to risk yourself?
LET ME SUGGEST THIS…
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