When was the last time you showed somebody a poem you had written, or a personal journal entry? You probably never have and for good reason; its frigging terrifying! As readers, we rarely think what it must be like being on the other side of the process. Before the release of her book The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body, Cameron Diaz expressed an anxiety that paralyzed her – literally.
She told People Magazine that, “Right before the book came out, I was on my back for a week. My back went out. I couldn’t breathe…I’ve never had that kind of thing where I was just literally debilitated. I realized I was just so scared that I was going to put this thing into the world and everybody’s going to see me, and what if they don’t like me? What if they think I’m crazy or I’m stupid? I was like, oh God, this is so painful.”
What she went through before the release of her book is completely normal. Her story shows that no matter who you are, you are still capable of feeling weak, scared, and alone. But it is not about the fear, it is about overcoming that fear and creating something you are passionate about.
She went on to say, “Success is really not about what somebody else says. Being a New York Times bestseller, to me, that’s not the success of the book. The book isn’t the numbers that got sold. It was that I had an intention, and the intention was to get that information out to as many women as I could.”
Diaz already has it all, she didn’t have to write this book, but she wrote it because she felt like she could help people with her story. Even though she risked making a fool of herself in front of the whole world, she wrote her memoir regardless. Take a note from her and get out there and express yourself!
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