15 Ideas on Social Interaction

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with different people recently about authenticity and communication. I know authentic communication is hard. I know vulnerability is scary. But I’d really, really like to live in a world in which we are all free to be open, emotional, honest and just plain real in our interactions, with cultural norms that affirm that freedom. I am consciously working on the finding right ways to go about building that world, and here are the ones that have helped me the most:

  1. Say what you actually mean. It isn’t anyone’s job to read your mind. You do not owe anyone your honesty, but they also don’t owe you the effort of trying to discern what you mean if you don’t tell them.

I know I want to see a world with more authenticity, and honesty, and openness, and freedom. A world with more emotional literacy, where talking about feelings and needs is normal and affirmed. A world where people take more responsibility for their own feelings and less responsibility for those of other people. A world with less judgment. A world with fewer lies. A world where consent is the basis of everything and respect is universal and automatic.

I want to see a world where being vulnerable isn’t so scary anymore. Or maybe, where being honest doesn’t make you so vulnerable.

A world where we can feel whatever the hell we feel, and that’s okay.

So if you’re with me, let’s all try to express a little more and judge a little less. I know it’s hard. I know it’s often terrifying. But the world could be so, so much better for it.

Level 5 Laser Lotus. Writing for a world where many worlds fit. www.annaronan.com | anna.a.ronan@gmail.com

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