Getting Over Under-Sharing

I love the NPR show, The Moth.  People share true stories from their lives in front of an audience.  For the past two years, I have been trying to emulate this show in my living room by hosting small groups of friends who share their stories.  Stories are one of my favorite things, and these parties are something I cherish.  I am so grateful for the friends I have made (and the ones I’ve gotten to know better) and the stories they’ve shared.

My most recent “party” happened at the end of December.  There were nineteen of us total including, for the first time, my parents.  I was anxious about the event — inviting my parents into my friend circle caused my sister to say, “What were you thinking??!!”  I was also anxious about the story I planned to tell.  While I usually aim to make my friends laugh, the story I felt compelled to share is not a particularly funny one.

It is a story about closing up, closing off, keeping secrets.  In order to continue my process of being a more open, honest person who shares what is going on in her life, I am posting my story here, too.  Well that, that, and narcism.  Cheers to over-sharing and watching myself do it!

Mosa — December 2012 — Developing an Ending from boobjuice on Vimeo.


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9 responses to “Getting Over Under-Sharing

  1. Mosa, thank you so much for sharing. Your vulnerability was beautiful… and it allowed me to take the risk and share my story too. Though I don’t know that I’ll be posting it on the internet. :)

    You’ve created a lovely event. I had a wonderful time. Thank you.

    • Yay! Thanks, Erin. So glad you joined us and felt comfortable enough to share. Let me know if you want to see your story, and I will post it privately for you (with the option to make it public). It was a pleasure to get to spend some time with you. :-) Happy 2013!

  2. Love you, love this and soooo excited about that second disc! I have a feeling it’s going to be epic!!! :D

  3. This was beautiful and very inspiring … I can take some lessons from you. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

  4. Wow, Mosa. This is so relatable. I don’t tend to pretend things are fine, I just tend to shut myself off from the world and go into hiding. And it is incredibly difficult to unhide again. This really was inspiring. Also, have you read any Brené Brown? She has 3 books, I’ve read her first 2 and am currently postponing finishing her 3rd because I can’t stop reading the books that ‘Game of Thrones’ is based on, but her research is incredibly important and her sense of humor is just right and I can’t recommend her books enough. Check out her TED talks at the bottom of this page

    I wish I’d been at that story party, I’m sorry I missed it. You rock, lady! <3

    • So sweet, Shona. Thank you. I wish you’d been there, too. Way better than the last one! Sorry you can relate — but thanks for sharing. Yeah. Brené Brown is fantastic. Haven’t read her, but saw her speak once and have seen her on TED. Thanks for the reminder that I should go devour everything she’s done. :-) Hope to see you soon!

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