I originally wrote this piece in April of 2012 when I won the listserve‘s email lottery. It has since become somewhat of a manifesto.
You are a unique, badass, and multi-faceted human being. There is no one else even remotely like you. Who are you to withhold your greatness from the world?
Why would you waste a second of your precious time pretending to be someone else? How dare you hide your gifts from us? Why would we want you to be like every other [insert category here] out there?
We want you. The authentic you. The real, genuine, imperfect, weird, quirky, REAL you. Anything less than that is not enough.
Just be you. It’s the most amazing gift you can give to yourself, to me, to everyone in your world, and everyone in the world.
It’s easier for some people than it is for others. If it’s hard for you, make it your life’s work to search for and find your authentic self. There is nothing more urgent.
Take full responsibility for your thoughts, behaviors, actions, the consequences of those actions, and the impact you have on people around you.
Be grateful. Appreciate and love what you have and what’s working.
Seek clarity. Figure out what you like, what you want, and what’s important to you.
Make decisions based on what’s aligned with your values and what you’re passionate about.
Learn to let go of the things/people/thoughts that don’t serve you or steer you toward happiness and fulfillment.
If you know what’s important to you, it’s easier to know why you are doing things and what things you should be doing. Don’t waste time doing things that are not related to what’s important to you.
Dare to be emotionally accessible, vulnerable, and to expand your emotional range. Go for depth, richness, and honesty. It’s raw, it’s terrifying, and it’s exhilarating.
Whatever you are, whoever you are, and whatever it is that you’re all about – OWN IT.
Be unapologetically you. Know what you’re about and pursue your dreams with an open heart and genuine passion. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s fine. But it’s not your problem.
Seek resonance. This is where the magic happens. Don’t fear it. Embrace it.
Be alive. Be real. Be you.
I dare you.