For the most part, I write this blog and post on social media for myself. I have so many thoughts jumbled up in my head and I’m a firm believer in doing all I can to let those thoughts out, let them breathe, give them space to develop and grow and lead me through life. I do like to think my words are reaching people near and far, but it’s also a therapeutic practice for me to lift the heavy weight of all that goes on in my mind off my shoulders.
So when I get feedback from people unexpectedly, it warms my heart more than I could ever express. To know that what I have to say truly is resonating with others makes me the happiest person ever, and I say that with the upmost sincerity. It really does, and I’m so very grateful for those who take the time to read and listen and care about what I have to say. Thank you.
With that, I want to touch on something that has been on my mind a lot lately. This isn’t a thought that has just come to mind during my trip. It’s something that’s been hanging out and simmering up in my head for a while now. It’s about being yourself.
While I’ll be the first to admit I’m still trying to figure out who I am (see previous post: “Who Are You?”), I know one thing: I’m not similar to a lot of people.
Now I say this with hesitation, as we are all unique and not one of us is, nor will ever be, quite like another. But what I do mean by this is that, more often than not, I feel as though I don’t quite fit in.
I think differently, live differently, move differently, act differently. For the longest time I tried to mold myself to look act feel think, so on and so forth, like those around me, thinking fitting in and finding acceptance within specific groups of people would bring me the comfort and happiness I so thought I was searching for.
But no, I now see, that is not at all the case. I have found the most happiness, the most self love, the most self acceptance and pure joy with life when I am proudly standing out from the people I once tried so hard to imitate.
So back to the whole sharing my deepest thoughts with the world thing… This is one way I feel I have always stood out. Not just in the thoughts I have, but in my willingness to let them out into the world, to share them with not only those I know and love but with the entire universe. I am deeply afraid of what others might think about my thoughts and ideas; yet each time I receive positive feedback is all the encouragement I need to continue on, sharing my truest self with the world because that truth is what makes me unique, what makes me, well, me.
With this I tell you, anyone listening: never, ever be afraid of who you really are, and especially of sharing that person with the world. The more you share and the more vulnerable you allow yourself to become, the more love and positive energy you get back in return. I promise. However you wish to share, however you wish to express yourself, to let what’s within you out into the melting pot of souls in this world — ignore your fears and go for it.