You are understood.

 

“Sorry, I’m babbling…”

“…I know, I’m rambling…”

“…Is this making any sense?”

After holding intimate conversations with hunnnndreds of artists, writers, entrepreneurs + big, brave thinkers — teachers + students, clients + friends — I’ve noticed a pattern.

When people attempt to talk about The Big Stuff — who they are, what they believe in,
and what they’re trying to add to the world — they (almost always) apologize for “babbling,” “rambling” or “not making sense.”

Sometimes they’re right. But usually … not.

Here’s why: we’re all terrified that we’re invisible + inconsequential + incoherent + that nobody “gets” us.

Happily, we’re all wrong.

I’m here to tell you … you are understood.

Not perfectly, not every single time, and perhaps not with the depth + complexity of understanding that you yearn for.
But you are understood. By me. By many. More than you know.

Keep talking. Keep writing. We get it.

 

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YOU GET ME ALEX!!
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Thank you. I needed that today. <3

LOL You just described every monologue I ever held about who I am and what I’m about. Thanks for the reminder that we’re all understood. Maybe being kinder and gentler to ourselves would help and just trusting that we’re not such a hot mess as we often tend to believe.

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