Sharing ourselves in the way of showing others who we are and what we can do is important. And it doesn't really matter what age you are, we always seek to put something of ours out there to see if others like the same things we do, support them and agree with them.
Be it your kid when he is drawing and shows you. Be it an artist that wants to make his/her point heard. Anyone, no matter who, wants to be seen, and noticed. To know they are not invisible to others. To know they make some kind of difference in someones life. And when other people appreciate what we do, we are happy! We know that we are not alone, we know our work is important, we know the things we do matter to someone. And it should matter to us too, always.
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We live in a society, and whether we like it or not, we all are social beings, so, we constantly compare ourselves and seek approval or attention/criticism from others toward us. It's what we do; it's how we know where we stand in the success scale. When we are the only ones that like what we do, it is always a bit shallow. It pleases us, and serves that purpose, but why and what for? If it pleases me, and I want the best for the ones around me, then I want them to be pleased for the same things I am, therefore I seek approval others. The funny thing is that they don't really have to be important in my life: the simple appreciation from a stranger can be even more important than the ones from friends in the sense that it can be more honest. At least they're not trying to be nice just because they're your friends and feel obligated to it. (maybe they're being nice for other shallow reasons, but we don't know it).
That judgement, lets us compare ourselves to others, because we all feel the need to know our own value.
Another reason is to make ourselves heard. To pass a message that we don't dare to shout it out loud. A message that often reflects our inner state of mind, and that we feel we want others to know it, but we don't really want to find words to express it. So we find other ways like art or actions, and we expect that only the ones that see the (sometimes hidden) meaning are the ones who understand us.
In a world where we're all equal and yet everyone is different, it's always very pleasing to our minds, that there is someone out there with the same views as ours, and with the same interests. It feels like someone is able to feel the same emotions as we do when faced with the same circumstances.
That is why sharing is so important, because we review ourselves in others.
To finish, I leave you with "the story":
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
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