Dare to be Truthful

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Dare to be Truthful, dare, truth

The word Truth tends to make a person cringe. It’s raw, deep and absolute. Whether it’s in noun or verb form, it hits right to the core of things. To give someone the truth is one of the most simple, wonderful, exhilarating gifts you can give. So why do we fear it so?

I’m what you call an introvert. I love to observe, stay quiet, and take in the information provided to me during the day. With that said, I do love to meet new people and express my thoughts on topics that I’m passionate about. When asked, I give my most truthful opinion.  But that’s the thing: I have to be asked. Providing my truth on my own free will is always difficult for me. I can’t even imagine being the girl that comes up to you and says…

Hi! I’m Amiyrah! I’m an introvert with anxiety who likes iced drinks from Starbucks but hot drinks from Dunkin Donuts. I have arachnophobia and I tend to get all sweaty and heart-throbby when I have to speak to more than 2 people at once. What’s your name?

Uh, nope. That will never be me. I think because I’m not THAT person, I’m able to willingly give up facts about my journey whenever someone asks. I dare to be truthful, but only if the situation arises. Well, I used to be that way. That all changed once I started to vlog. The outlet of creating videos has given me the ability to express my thoughts, my ridiculous humor, and my love of life and all things in it. Without being asked. Sharing my military journey, talking about family issues and just laughing at myself has shown me that it’s OK to release the Truth within you, even if no one’s asking. I DARE TO BE TRUTHFUL.

My hope is that one day, this transparency will bleed into other parts of my life. I’m not into sharing all of me, but I want to be as honest and open as I can. I deserve to evolve in that way, whether it’s on screen, in a post, or on the pages of a book. I’ll take that dare.

This week, I’m linking up with Shell for Pour Your Heart Out.

About Amiyrah

My name is Amiyrah and I'm an an African American fashion & lifestyle blogger based in Ohio.

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  1. 4.24.13

    I so agree Amiyrah. It’s important to be honest and stay true to yourself. I’m an introvert too. It’s not easy for me to be in situations where there are a lot of people and conversation needs to be had. 😉 I go into automatic blathering mode. I should give vlogging a try. I’ve thought about it, but I imagine myself staring into the camera doing the equivalent of what I do when I get someone’s voice mail and that’s not a good thing! lol

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Linda you’ll be awesome at vlogging! The best part about it is that if you babble on the video, you can always edit out the dribble lol. There is no way you’d just stare at the camera. Just try it. It’s like talking to yourself, laughing because you know you’re talking to yourself, then continuing because you don’t give a crap. It’s awesome!

  2. 4.24.13
    Hali said:

    I’m honest about it all but to myself, just like you I have to be asked. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. You’re not outspoken. You are “truthful” and as long as you are true to yourself, it’s what matters 🙂

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Hi Hali! Being outspoken isn’t too bad, it’s just so not for me lol. I do think I need to be more transparent about things and not be afraid of sharing my journey. I’m going to work on that here on the blog.

  3. 4.24.13

    Love this post!! I know sometimes I can be very shy, and keep to myself. I think being honest is the best way to live life. I know I need to work on speaking up and being honest even about things that make me uncomfortable. Like my anxiety, and anxious-ness 🙂

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Speaking up about anxiety is s tough one! I suffer from it too and I know I should talk about it more but I shy away from it. Maybe that’s something we can work on 🙂

  4. 4.24.13
    Lucrecer said:

    I am so glad I did not scare you away when I finally had a chance to meet you at Blissdom. Your videos are hilarious and I would not know you were introverted if you had not mentioned it. I refer to myself as an introverted-extrovert. I am constantly pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I love people watching!

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I love people watching too! And of course you didn’t scare me away. As an introvert, I do love meeting the extroverted side of people. Introverted-extrovert…I like that!

  5. 4.24.13
    Rachee said:

    Blogging and Vlogging have thrust me out of my comfort zone. I still feel awkward and goofy when I meet new people but knowing that I am not alone and that things will be OK makes me feel so much better.

  6. 4.24.13

    I think being truthful and saying how you feel are two different things. You can be a very truth-filled person but not a share-a-holic. I’ll look forward to seeing that other side vlogging side of you.

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks for commenting, Jamie. If you’re sharing how you feel isn’t that being truthful? At least that’s how I view it.

  7. 4.24.13

    I like the idea of people being transparent and honest. I also like your notiion that full disclosure has a time and place. Thanks for sharing.

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks for commenting, Janeane!

  8. 4.24.13
    Patricia said:

    I’m an introvert too, and the mental picture of you using that as a conversation starter made me laugh!

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Ha! I know! Could you even imagine? I love being an introvert and have no problem telling others that I am, but announcing it right off the bat? Never! 😀

  9. 4.24.13

    I agree that you can’t tell everyone every detail about you. There should be boundaries. However letting people in by sharing safe topics and tidbits has rewards. I like that you vlog. It’s a great way for people to get to know you.

    • 4.24.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Onica! Yes, I’m a big fan of boundaries, but I’m not realizing that it’s OK to share without being coaxed. It took me a while but I got it. Hopefully now I’ll feel more comfortable sharing more about me and my journey. Thanks for commenting, friend 🙂

  10. 4.24.13

    I love this post! Very well said

  11. 4.25.13
    Kia said:

    There are definitely pros to sharing more of you and being comfortable with being truthful. Its OK though. You move at your own pace but continue to be you.

  12. 4.25.13
    Shell said:

    I feel like maybe I should get a sticker to wear around at large events that reads “Awkward introvert- please be gentle.”

    I’ve gotten better at forcing myself out of that when I have to, but I eventually retreat back into what feels natural for me.

    • 4.25.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Shell, I’m with you girl! I literally have to force myself to talk to others. It does help to tweet my favorite people beforehand so it makes it a bit easier, but it’s still so hard. I figure if I’m going to continue to work with other bloggers and maybe even in mainstream media where they’ll ask me questions about myself, I need to let go and open up. Thanks for commenting!

  13. 4.27.13

    I had a comment, then I lost my train of thought on the scroll down past the slow cooked peach cobbler. OK, yeah, back to business. Honesty is the best policy, but sometimes the truth hurts. But luckily hurt eventually heals and makes you a stronger, wiser person:)

  14. 4.28.13

    I’m gonna get you to take a dare at some point (truth or dare!)…maybe after a few tequila shots! 😉

    • 4.28.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Well, you know you can always dare we to make a funny face. The tequila will help accomplish that. Ha!

  15. 5.4.13

    I’m working on a post that would share one of my truths …I’ve been working on it for a month …you’re words about sharing our truths without being asked …I needed to read this.

  16. 5.4.13
    Brandi said:

    I’m all about the authenticity…whatever that is for each person. It doesn’t matter our perceived shortcomings, or our quirks, we are wonderfully made, special, and unique. We should always be able to live that. Great post!