Express Yourself and Change Your Life
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” ~ Dr. Seuss
We are here for one reason and one reason only: As expressions. Expressions of what, you ask? We’re here as expressions of something much bigger than us. Something infinite; conscious; fully loving; fully actualized. We’re here to dig deep into our passions and to EXPRESS THAT. We are to continue to EXPRESS THAT until our last breath.
Does it feel to you, at times, that you are existing on some sub-par plane? Is there a general sense (subtle or not so subtle) that something is missing or not quite right? Is there a feeling of lack (that is often mistaken for a lack of something material)? Is there a feeling of dis-ease or discomfort or irritability? Is it something that you just can’t quite nail down?
Have you considered that you haven’t quite met your soul’s calling? What if there was something inside of you that was screaming to be let out and expressed? What if that something didn’t care what others thought about it? What if it simply needed to be expressed for the sake of expression?
When I was a little girl, and before I got sick with Crohn’s Disease, I fell in LOVE with gymnastics. I came home one day from school for lunch and ended up watching a show where a little girl, around my age, was hand-springing, doing the splits, and jumping around. I fell in love. And from that day forward, I practiced and practiced gymnastics until I got really, really good at it. I was consumed by moving my body in a certain way and feeling strong and flexible.
Fast forward a few decades. I had been through the ringer with Crohn’s Disease and now found myself finally on the other side of it. I was healthy again. But I wasn’t thriving. I felt ‘fine’ but not full of the same kind of vibrancy that I felt as a little kid who cartwheeled her way through literally everything.
A couple of years ago, I started doing yoga and immediately fell in love with the practice. And there was something incredibly familiar about how I felt in my body. I was once again feeling that strength, flexibility and vibrancy. This past spring, I added trail running to my repertoire and that’s where the rubber really hit the road for me.
My energy tripled. My mood was fantastic. I felt alive and joyful and sexy and vibrant. And what became increasingly clear was that I am the best version of myself when I’m moving my body in a certain way. I just needed to tap into what that was for me and commit to it. When I did, everything changed.
Before you can be a walking, talking manifestation of divine Expression, it would be helpful to understand what it is your soul is calling you to express. Here are some indicators that can help you figure it out:
- What kinds of books or movies do you find yourself drawn to? What is it about those genres that float your boat?
- What are your hobbies? What would your ideal day look like?
- What did you LOVE as a kid? What got you super excited?
- What are your fantasies? What do you day dream about?
- What gets you excited and pumped up?
- What do you Google most often?
- What can’t you stop thinking about?
- What keeps nudging you from the inside out…what is it that just won’t go away?
Before you answer these questions, make a deal with yourself. Decide, right now, that your answers will come from deep within YOU. Do not answer in any way that you think may be socially, culturally, or any other “lly” acceptable.
Because this is where we get tripped up, don’t we? We actually avoid expressing our greatest passions for fear of what someone might think.
What if I were to tell you that there will always be someone who disapproves of you. There will always be someone who disagrees with you. There will always be someone who is offended by you. Why? Because of there own stuff. Because other people’s response to your creative expressions are about THEM not you.
You’ve only got this one life as the personality called YOU. Live it. Embrace it. Find out what makes you tick, what you love, where your interests lie and what you’d like to do about them. And then go do it, speak it and express it.
Do not expect to influence anyone (and yet, that will happen anyway). Do not expect others to accept you (but some will and love you more for it). Do not expect others to support you (but the ones made for you, will).
Do it for YOUR sake. Do it for the sake of creative, unique expression. If we were all the same, life would be one boring, predictable place. Allow your voice to be heard because there’s never been a voice like it and there never will be again. What a shame it would be to adopt another’s voice just to be liked or accepted.
Shine your light onto this world and walk it with humility and grace. In doing so, you will leave your indelible mark and others’ can be inspired by your truth and your vision.
It might be as simple as your weird laugh. It might be your ability to look people right in the eye when they speak and not look away. It might be the way you’ve handled an illness. It might be what you write. It might be your smile. It might be your activism. It might be your need for peace.
Whatever those things are that make you, YOU, claim them and display them. Now is the time. Now is your opportunity. It’s all the Universe has ever asked of you.
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