Lately I feel like I've been shot out of a cannon.
Along with things feeling like they're moving at the speed of light, are the inevitable growing pains associated with me being ok with being different. I'm coloring outside the lines and some days I own that, and some days I feel awkward and weird and weird (I know I typed that twice). There are gazillions of people out there talking and writing about the very thing I'm talking and writing about. We're all doing our thing, each of us resonating with different people, as it should be.
When aligning with our purpose we're stretching ourselves. You're probably equally excited and terrified. It's understandable that you're in need of a kind word, occasional words of encouragement. Funny, we get impressed about where people work, what their titles are, how monetarily successful they are, if they're published, what they drive, where they live, how they dress. Meanwhile, we're missing the magnificent that we pass on the sidewalk every single day, the great musician guy working at Trader Joe's, or the folks we meet networking or at social events, that seem so ordinary, just like us...but, just like us, they're amazing and they're standing right in front of us. Me. You. Not because of where we worked but because of who we are. Maybe we should all wave while jumping up and down shouting "I'm right here! I'm a magnificent human being...do you see it too?!"
You see yesterday, I had a gigantic moment. I joined a group of ladies for a friend's birthday and was asked what I do. Answering her I said I'm a speaker and talk about spirituality, about looking to ourselves for the change we want for ourselves and the world. I didn't hold back, I put it out there, even as one person admitted they have a problem with the word spirituality.
We all have these moments that are big for us but others couldn't possibly know because the moment is ours, not theirs and that was a good one for me. Evidently I color outside the lines and happy that I do. All I have to say is, if you're reading this and you color outside the lines, good, just be you. Don't stop. Don't hold back. Be yourself, and show other people what it looks like to think differently, and to see how that pays off in unimaginable ways. We should all be ourselves unapologetically.
For me, in recent years, I know I'm experiencing a growth spurt. No one else will recognize it. But I'm good with it and with all the vulnerable feelings that come along with it. Stretching myself is always a challenge, but it gets easier, until...I reach my next challenge and I stretch again. No question, I'd rather be in a space of growth than be stuck where I was.