naked with black socks and a red satin top hat

Writing Prompt: Naked with Black Socks

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

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While I do get a bit nervous when speaking in front of people, it is not generally a terrifying experience. Once I’m about five to ten minutes in, all is well and I no longer need to imagine everyone in pink polka dot panties, men included.  I suppose the reason I’m not fearful of public speaking is because I’m not afraid of people. Like me, everyone eats, drinks, sleeps, craps and will one day die. There is nothing particularly more special about any other human compared to me beyond their soul print, which to me is like a fingerprint. We each have our thoughts, ideas, opinions, faults, idiosyncrasies, talents. We all carry memories that shape us.

This realization allows me to see a crowd not as something to be intimidated by, but as an opportunity to share with and learn from my fellow humans. When I stand in front of an audience, there is no shame in them seeing me in my black socks and red satin top hat. Because I know that under their cotton coverings, like me, they are but skin and soul.

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