When you share your thoughts,
Or you ship your art,
Not once, not twice,
There’s every chance
A shaming party will be set up.
One that propagates an idea
That all you do
Is to be seen, again and again.
Here’s the fact:
Putting yourself out there,
Of course is for recognition.
You alone can tell however,
If the recognition you seek
Is genuine relevance and meaning
Or the malaise of approval addiction.
Being accepted, and appreciated, and acclaimed is a kind of oil that drives the wheel of normal human functioning. That’s what I think.
While you’re out there, it’s left to you to tone down superfluous misguided intentions you might have for sharing or shipping.
Maybe then you can sleep better, blocking out voices that daily threaten to silence your shine.