Here are some things I’ve done that have offended people:
a) voiced my political opinions
b) taken a few fries off their plate
c) used the wrong pronoun
d) worn white jeans and sequins when I ‘should’ have been wearing a dark, subtle suit
If you’re alive, breathing, with blood pulsing through your veins, you’ve offended someone.
And maybe that made you reconsider voicing your opinion or sequins at lunch time.
But here’s the thing: acting like someone or something you’re not is exhausting.
Transparency, on the other hand, is hot.
Trying to maintain a delicate image will deplete you of precious life force.
Eventually, you will bleed out heaps of spiritual, emotional, and physical strength.
This, dear one, is unsustainable.
An image built on smoke and mirrors is fleeting and cumbersome.
Authenticity is rock solid.
“But what will they think of me–if I’m just me!?” you quietly wonder.
No bells and whistles?
No razzle dazzle?
Just spot on, accurately and precisely you.
Want to experience more everyday joy and quiet the voices in your head?
Then courageously decide to care more about being exquisitely, exactly who you are
than caring what we think about you.
Know ahead of time that we won’t all like you.
We won’t all agree. We might vehemently disagree!
Some of us might downright refuse to celebrate or back you up.
We might decide, for whatever reason, we are just not rooting for what you doing.
We’ll reject you.
And this is just fine.
Expect to offend some people.
If you’re not ruffling feathers then you’re not going big enough. Tweet this!
The starting point for crafting a life you love is to live in
“Who am I”
“How can I make everyone happy?”
Your foundation must be built on the core of who you truly, definitely are.
Be bold enough to tell us what makes you tick.
When you consistently show up bathed in authenticity you make it easier on us.
We know where to find you. You build trust.
And you’d be surprised how many of us do want to support + celebrate your ambitions.
You will always be too much of something or too little of something for someone.
Be you anyway.