Inhibitions are good things. They keep us from doing and saying whatever (ridiculous things that often) cross our minds. They stop us from telling the boss where he can stick it, or discretely cutting in front of people in the grocery line when we only have one item (it’s still rude!), or trying to do a cartwheel when we haven’t done one in years just because it looks like fun! (ripped tendons anyone?).
Without inhibitions, most people would very quickly make a crap pile out of their lives (figuratively speaking of course). Which explains why so many people wake up after a ‘night on the town’ with a need to perform serious damage control.
That said, sometimes letting inhibitions take the reigns won't necessarily work out for your benefit. If you would ‘never go talk to that hot guy you like’ – how will you ever know if he’s really as cool as you think he is? He could be just a pretty face or the future father of your children, but you won’t know unless you give your inhibitions the slap down.
What about signing up for that writer’s conference and pitching to an agent solo? Scary?- Yes! But if you can overcome your inhibitions, be yourself and represent your writing, you might make a very important friend.
Starting a blog takes guts. It’s putting yourself and your writing out there, standing on a platform in front of God-knows-how-many people and yelling ‘This is ME! I have a goal! Watch me as I fail… or succeed!?’
I respect anyone who’s taken the leap into blogging but this post is mostly for the those who haven’t but are wishing they could. For those who lurk on the sidelines, wanting to comment but afraid of their words hanging out there on the internet for all of eternity. And those that miss out on some great things life has to offer out of fear or embarrassment-- Don’t let your inhibitions keep you on the sidelines! You’re worth knowing!