The upside of revealing yourself and making yourself vulnerable and speaking your truth about your own fears, insecurities, problems … always yields a greater good than it does a backlash.
The obvious truth, when it comes down to it, is that we’re all in the same fucking boat – so many people experience fear and worry and insecurity and … lack of discipline, self-loathing – you name it… When you raise your hand and talk about your own insecurities and problems … what you usually see a bunch of people out there nodding their heads, saying: “Oh my god! I’m so happy to hear someone say that – that’s what I’ve been feeling.”
And this is, ultimately… the purpose of a lot of art – to make us feel less alone.”
In a fantastic Patreon podcast conversation (also starring Neil deGrasse Tyson), Amanda Palmer discusses art, the balance of solitude and sociality in creative work, and the psychoemotional investment necessary for wholehearted living.
Also see Seth Godin on why vulnerability is the wellspring of great art.