If you know me well, you know that my experience with UniCamp was life-changing. The organization was responsible for my favorite friendships from college. It reaffirmed my ability to work with children and led me to become a teacher. It’s the thing that made me feel most alive.
UniCamp completely stripped me of my insecurities and allowed me to be ME.
A few months ago, I talked about the “sharings” at our UniCamp retreats and how I’ve been missing that kind of experience a lot lately. That’s probably why I’ve been so active on the Facebook page – sharing the ins and outs of my day-to-day life. I don’t really have a large group of people to do this with so I’ve been grateful for the online community that allows me this outlet.
I also know that I’m technically a “millenial” and part of a generation of people that overshares. The Snapchat selfies. The 6am insta-stories of my coffee. I am an oversharer and a millenial in every sense of the word.
And that can be a really confusing thing for older generations to understand. Especially when there are also cultural differences at play.
If my Nanima had an Instagram account, she’d be horrified to see how much information I put out there for the public to see.
Many Indians believe in “buri nazar” or the “evil eye.” They share a minimal amount of information for fear that someone’s envy will somehow force your life to come crashing down. People will encourage you against saying that you’re happy as if you’re tempting fate. And they discourage you from talking about the things that aren’t going well because there’s no need to air out your dirty laundry for the world to see.
But then my generation showed up and changed the rules of the party.
We’re out there sharing too much. Opening the windows to our private lives. Letting people see our insecurities, our struggles, and our wins.
I’m a rule breaker.
But, once I broke the rule the first time, it became easier and easier and easier to do it again. It became addicting to share everything with the world. Because it is absolutely freeing to show up and be completely open and honest in every interaction I have.
With nothing to hide.
I just show up.
And it’s wonderful.
Brene Brown once said, “Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” In being vulnerable, you experience true connection and you begin to attract the kind of people who are willing to be open and vulnerable too.
Maybe older generations might find this shameful.
But, you know what?
I kind of like this girl I’ve becoming. And, in the end, that’s all that matters.
Question of the Day:
- Are you an over-sharer or an under-sharer?