Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring.
That’s something I read this morning and knew I had to write a post about inspiring others. Over the last two days, a couple of people have asked for my opinion and complimented me on how I inspired them by the way I handled a very painful time in my life. Honestly, I didn’t feel brave at that time. I struggled. But what I decided to do was share my vulnerability. I allowed myself to cry (something I rarely do in public) and to share with authenticity my feelings of inadequacy and helplessness. I also shared my anger and my frustration. I realize that it was my authentic responses that inspired others.
Life, for me, hasn’t always been easy, even if most people feel that I’ve been born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I admit I never wanted for anything, but emotionally it’s never been easy. I feel all emotions very deeply and absorb the feelings of others. It’s hard for me see another person in pain, and it has often led to people taking advantage of me. So I hardened myself over the last few years, and didn’t allow emotion to show. However, the last six months have thrown me completely off. In simple terms, I was a mess.
It was only in January that I realized what I had been missing in my life – parts of me!
Now I’ve decided to dare greatly – to show emotion – to plunge into things I love wholeheartedly and to let the people I love know how I feel.
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me.
– Keala Settle (From The Greatest Showman)
My ‘gyaan’ for today is to live your life with no apologies. Be yourself. Reach out to others with honesty. Ask for what you need. Remember that you are a child of the Universe and you have a right to be here! And by being yourself, you never know who you will be inspiring and walking home!
Be yourself – your most authentic self, you never know who you are inspiring.
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