Putting yourself out there has to be the hardest step we take as people. Anything we express is up for scrutiny once it passes the thresholds of our inner dialogue.
"What will they think of my idea?"
"What if they don't like it?"
"How can I look them in the eye after I fail?"
More than a few of us have felt the need to restrain ourselves when faced with imaginary rejection. We might fail spectacularly, as is common when on a road less traveled. The walls seem higher, the chasms deeper. Falling could hurt, maybe worse, it could cripple us for life. Best to avoid that danger.
But maybe the greater danger lies in never knowing the answer. In going through life wishing, looking into windows to see a moment that could have been. That question kills more of our youth than any length of time.
So in the path of practicing what we preach, this is my version of putting myself out there.
My work on display, under scrutiny, and likely to fail against a vast world of talent.
At least it's out there.