Am I fully self expressed?
Have I been watering my true self down?
To fit into a box? To satisfy my “should’s"? To meet someone else’s expectations?
How many of us are fully self expressed? And how many of us have been trampled and forced to retreat from the pressures of everyday life?
I definitely was not. I was trying to create a life based on what I thought I was supposed to be doing. I was trying to box myself in to the most perfect container that everyone would idolize from the outside.
But the truth is that on the inside I was in agony. Completely lost and misunderstood - mostly by myself.
It wasn’t until I really started asking myself what I actually wanted from life that things started to shift.
What did I really enjoy? What were my deepest passions?
What lit me up inside? What filled me up?
And the truth is that it led me down a completely different path. A less glamorous path from the outside looking in. But a far more fulfilling path from the inside looking out.
I wonder how many of us are watering our true selves down
to fit in
or make others happy.
Are you stuck in a career you hate because it is prestigious and you make good money?
Are you utterly and completely exhausted from trying to be everything to everyone, every second of the day?
Have you lost sight of the #smalljoys in life that fill you up because you simply don’t make time for them anymore amongst your ever growing to-do list?
Have you become a bland, lesser version of who you could be because you are trying to be everything to everyone all of the time?
Without stopping, and taking the time to realize who we actually are, we spend our days living someone else’s life. A life created, molded, trimmed and smashed to fit into other people’s demands, expectations and desires.
But the good news is that we don’t have to live this way.
At any point we can stop. And make the choice to start living our fullest, truest, most authentic life.
Are you ready to stop watering down your truest self?