Friday, August 15, 2014

The Best Person to Be...

Amidst all the travel I've done this month, I've discovered a bit more about myself. I suppose that's what naturally happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. And to be perfectly honest, it's been some time since I've done that.

I was reminded to proudly put myself out there, no matter what the reaction. Patience is all about breathing. I found that some fears can be overcome...thanks in part to time and also brilliant apps. When I think I'm the only one, I'm reminded that I'm not. No matter my age, dancing it out will always help me feel better. Sometimes I have to let go of the railing and just enjoy the ride.  I don't have to be what someone else has decided I am. It is possible to grow and change if I take the chance on myself to do it.

Discoveries, they don't always happen in the most profound way. Usually it's a tiny moment that blows your mind while you try desperately to keep a pretty natural exterior. You know, not around jumping through the air shouting "EUREKA!!! I'VE GOT THE ANSWER!!" That catches people off guard sometimes freaking them out--just in case you were thinking of trying it.

And if I probably told you how I  made all these discoveries or what was going on at the time these thoughts popped into my head, you'd think I was ridiculous, pulling something out of nothing. But I know deep down what those silly simple moments meant something to me.

Today I had one last little simple realization, probably one of the most obvious one a person every has in their life. It's stupid easy but until you believe it, I mean truly believe it, it's just words.

Today I realized for the very first time that I don't have to be anyone else but me. Brilliant, right? Uh, hardly. This is something we've heard all our lives, "the best person to be is you," "be yourself," and on and on. Well, I guess some of us don't figure it out right away, takes us a little bit to really buy into it.

I've spent a lot of time comparing myself lately, questioning if I should do things like this person or that, as if there are no other choices in my life. Ever tried to fit yourself in someone else's shoes? It's exhausting and frustrating, not to mention uncomfortable because HELLO! They're not meant for you! Wear your own damn shoes for Pete's sake!

Maybe it was all the traveling, maybe it was taking a couple of steps out of my comfort zone, maybe it was something else all together. Who knows. In any case it put a pep in my step, gave me a boost of confidence, and made me feel a little bit lighter today. I hope that feeling sticks with me, especially those times when I really need it most.

What's your "aha" moment?  

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