We play small so often in our lives. Why? Because it's safe. Many times it's the easier route. I know this place. I use to live in the biggest black hole of low self esteem. I believed the opinions and ideas of someone else about who I was and who I was suppose to be. I made myself small not even realizing it was to make someone else feel bigger, smarter and more accomplished. So I did my best to disappear. Hiding in the background. Easy. I couldn't get into trouble hiding.
I suffered a stroke at age 39. When the doctor explained to me that I was lucky to have no LONG TERM effects my first thought was "I will not waste one more breath. Now is the time. It's time to live my dreams to the best of my ability."
I am out of hiding and promised myself I would never hide again even if it makes others uncomfortable. I would live my own dreams instead of the dreams someone had for me. It's not always easy. It doesn't always make others happy. It's scares some, but I say ITS MY TIME TO LIVE. I have one chance in this body and life. #playingsmallisnolongeranoptionis more then some fun hashtag I came up with. It reminds me that if I am willing, anything is possible. For me it's shows up with my voice, singing bowls and cello, touching as many souls as possible.
Once a week for the month of May I will post how I am showing up for #playingsmallisnolongeranoption. I challenge you. How does NOT PLAYING SMALL show up in your life? Challenge your friends and family. I would LOVE if you shared your ways. We can inspire and support each other. Use the hagtag #playingsmallisnolongeranoption and post anywhere online (FB or IG).
EGO yells "What if no one responds or thinks this challenge is stupid?" SOUL whispers, "Do it anyways!"