Opening up about how we’re feeling isn’t easy. It takes strength to be vulnerable and to expose our deepest thoughts. To give ourselves permission to be human. To feel all the feelings. And be ourselves, just as we are.
And that’s exactly what Shawn Mendes is doing today.
The superstar has posted an open letter for his 26.7 million fans on Twitter, sharing his truth in the hopes that it might help others feel less alone.
“Sometimes I ask myself what it is that I should be doing with my life and what I always hear in return is ‘to tell the truth, to be the truth.’ I feel like that’s a hard thing to do though,” he begins his letter.
“I’m afraid that if people know and see the truth, they might think less of me They might become bored of me. So in those moments of feeling low I either put on a show or hide. The truth, in current form is a 23 year old who constantly feels like he’s either flying or drowning. Maybe that’s just what is is to be in your 20s idk, or maybe that’s just me,” Shawn continues.
“The truth is, I really do wanna show up in the world as my 100% true, honest self and not care what anyone thinks, sometimes I do!! Sometimes I really don’t care what people think and I feel free, most of the time it’s a struggle tho. That’s the truth.”
He goes on to explain that even with all his success, he still finds it difficult to feel as though he’s “not failing” describing himself as “hyperfocused” on the things he doesn’t have.
“The truth is I’m overwhelmed and overstimulated lol. The truth is ALSO that I’m okay.”
In a separate tweet, Shawn added the reason why he shared his open letter:
“I guess I’m like damn, if I’m feeling this with all of the blessings I have, I imagine there must be so many people feeling this and just don’t want them to feel alone!!”
Having someone with a platform as enormous as Shawn’s open up like this is a beautiful reminder that whatever you’re feeling right now, whether it’s up or down or just meh – well, you’re allowed to.
Your feelings are completely valid.
Check out his full message below:
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) April 20, 2022
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