My friend recently talked about how she loves going to shows so much because she finds life in seeing the artist boldly exclaim their deepest thoughts to thousands of strangers. She loves how vulnerably the artist stands on a stage, exploding their emotions to everyone. They stand elevated, emotionally naked.
If you’d ask me to read my journal in front of thousands of people every night for the next year, I would want to say no.
But artists, they are bold.
This weekend I got to see two bands that I love. Local Natives and Arcade Fire.
At both shows there were fans stuffed into rooms and arenas connecting their lives to the lives of the artist. They connected because of the artist’s bravery. They connected because of vulnerability. I loved getting to see that.
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”