The concept of being seen is a complicated one. Everyone wants to be acknowledged – each individual’s existence recognized rather than ignored, or worse: dismissed. We crave attention, perhaps not the whole spotlight, but at least some small part on the stage. Deep down humans want the stomach-dropping feeling of being visible – not being looked through, and not just being looked at, but seen deeply, boundlessly.
Sometimes it seems as though visibility happens in a flash. All at once you feel seen. You you feel like you have burst into existence, onto the stage, in front of the crowd, ready or not. Instantaneously you feel noticed.
You’ve really been here all along. But now you’re aware of it.
Maybe your visibility by others changes how you see yourself. Maybe a perspective shift occurs that slides so quickly and smoothly into place that the only indicator of change is a slight crease in your forehead that only comes out in the light of your reflection in the mirror.
So why does it matter?
It matters because of what you do next.
Now you know that people can see you. They are paying attention.
So what are you going to do about it?