One of the best things about 15-hour flights is you get to watch like 6 movies. I don’t know how I missed this one, but I saw “Joy” that debuted December 2016. Jennifer Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, an entrepreneur who has over 100 patents and a company she sold to the Home Shopping Network. But you don’t know that until the credits. The movie is about her struggle to overcome obstacles and bet her entire life-savings on one product.
After years of taking care of everyone else and putting her life on hold, she realizes she needs to start dreaming again.
“When you’re hiding you’re safe because people can’t see you. But the funny thing about hiding: you’re even hidden from yourself.”
Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks and I began to reflect on hiding.
I realized that I’ve been hiding from myself the last few years.
Joy came out of hiding and went on to be an inspiration to women everywhere. But what if she’d stayed closed off and hidden?
I think we’ve all done it.
- I’m not smart enough to share my idea.
- I can’t be friends with them because they won’t understand me.
- I can’t wear that because I’m too fat.
- I can’t write because I don’t have anything important to say.
- If they find out about my infertility they’ll think I’m a failure.
- If I take a risk, what if I fail?
And it was safe. And people couldn’t reject me because I didn’t let them in.
And so I went deeper into the lies until I woke up one morning and thought, “I literally don’t know who I am anymore.” Because I had gotten so good at hiding.
Joy was an inspiration to me because she risked everything for a dream. She knew what she was capable of and went for it.
I wonder what would happen if we all stopped hiding. If we all were fully alive, living who we really are. If we weren’t afraid to take risks and dream and make a mistake.
As I go into 2018 I’m realizing that life is too short to hide. And I have something to offer to the world. And you do too.
So here’s to 2018. A year of being our true selves and going after our hearts’ desires.