I personally, share my story as I feel it's a way to Pay it Forward to the next person. I've always been pretty open where no question is off-limits. It's a personal decision. I have in the last year encountered situations where I felt uneasy sharing my surgery story. I've realized that you really have to trust the person. When my wellness coach asked me to tape a testimonial for their website, I did it to Pay it Forward; but when I found out that they wanted to share it with the entire company I work for, I freaked out. In that situation, I was able to figure out why. I was afraid of what other's might think or how they would judge me or what they would say if they saw me eating a wrong food in the cafeteria. I didn't want them to hold me accountable. It took me a long time to work through the fear. I knew that it was another test of how far I'd come and that I can be empowered by it rather than hindered. They shared the video and I never heard anything from anyone except praise and kindness and those that were mean - I don't know about or care. They have their own demons if they're worried about mine.
Recently, I was thinking about the future and flash-forward 10 years from now with new people that have crossed my path. Is there really a need to tell the story? Are you really still living in a fat-minded body by continuing to tell your story? If so, how can I continue to Pay it Forward if I stop the story.
I'm interested in what you think about this. Do you tell your story? Who do you tell? Who do you not tell. When do you stop telling? That is the question.