Oh yes, you know you just want to be yourself. It sounds like an easy achievement, doesn't it? I am going to wake up and walk my dog and just be myself. I am going to be myself. Ok. I can say it until I am blue in the face, for some reason being myself, is harder to do than I thought. You may notice as you go through life that people really like you but they do not like you when you are yourself. Make sense? It is part of becoming your true authentic self. Mine is telling me to stop thinking about brushing my hair or wearing a certain shirt out in public, because other's are expecting me to conform to their expectations. Like the song, who are you when I'm not looking, who are you when you are alone and get to be the real you. Do you slide down the hallway in your socks? Bounce on your bed when the kids are at school? Sing to the top of your lungs in the car like you are on American Idol?
Waking up and deciding to be the real you will change your happiness for life. If you are generally a happy person and life loving, adding the freedom of actually being you in every moment will make each day much more enjoyable.
Try noticing when you get quiet, when you stop singing, when you don't wear what you want how you feel. Then pick a day, any day, to mess your hair up a little, wear those sweats or boots people stare at. The other day I actually went to work without combing my hair, and I wore my dirty old converse with some sweats. WOW! I was so comfortable, and internally happy. Not a worry in the world, previously I would have been majorly concerned that everyone thought I was a slob, but in reality I was just being me. Perfectly unperfect.
So where are we headed with all of these ideas? A revolution? A break through? Where people can just be happy and stop caring what their neighbor drives, what your house looks like or what you have on when you walk outside? Maybe. Maybe it is time for everyone to realize that our short time here, is the only chance we get. We collect ideas in our head of what we want our life to be like and spend years trying to make it happen. When right now, we already have what we need to be happy. It is all that matters.
What are you waiting for? Grab that old tshirt and put a braid in your hair. Put the windows down in the car and sing that song as loud as you want. Wear that glitter lip gloss and big sunglasses and just fly by the seat of your pants. Be you, really be you.
Keeping it real...some thing that I have been trying to do lately is that. Trying to find a way to still be myself when nothing is about me anymore. Struggles are so great for everyone and I am sure you have a long list as well. Not everyone is going to have the same challenges in life and sometimes the things that bother us the most are things that do not show up in our photo's. Invisible to others but they continue to eat at our souls until we have resolved them. So this is me , on a day that was nice. It is easy to post a photo after we have done our hair and picked out the perfect clothes, but on this day I did none of the above. I don't live near the ocean. I live on a small street in a small town in Missouri. In a small house. So my outlook is starting to change. Keeping it real. Wearing my sweatpants when I want. Brushing my hair less, maybe even cleaning less. Keeping it all together on the inside is much easier for me when I am not trying to keep it all together on the outside. I love gardening and am going to make this the best season ever, all while making a mess, lol. I read once, that one of your goals should be that when you have people over to your house, they should leave feeling better about themselves, not feeling better about you. And that totally meant why do I spend 4 hours cleaning when I know someone is coming by for 5 minutes? I must be crazy. So here I go, off to work and all the while ...keeping it so real people will be wondering all day what the heck is wrong with me :) and if your feeling the same way.... take the challenge and start just being you :)