I was in the local wood with my dog the other day when a beam of sunlight streamed through the trees. I couldn’t resist. I checked nobody was looking and stood there with my arms open, enjoying the warmth of the sun. Then I thought to myself ‘why did I look around, what does it matter who sees’?
How many times do we pretend to be someone else? I was told I didn’t write the way I speak. I guess I searched for the long words that find recognition from my inner schoolteacher.
So I hung up my dictionary of important words and tried the dictionary of ‘me’. People started to comment on my work. Not only comment but also let me know how it felt like I was talking directly to them. Each article I wrote, each blog I published received comments. I realised that if I can help just one person, I have made a difference that could ripple around the world.
Social media lets us to put ourselves out there. Some ask me ‘Why do you post the pictures with the silly hats, the mad outfits etc?’ Because that’s who I am.
I was listening to the local radio station one morning and they were talking about how, as we get older, we lose that childhood magic that encourages us to go out, play hide and seek in the woods and leapfrog over bollards.
How to discover that inner you.
Observe those inner thoughts. Noticed yourself saying ‘if I only could do that’? What is that inner ‘you’ wishing to do?
Then go and give it a go.
Be aware of how differently you act around different groups of people.
Challenge yourself to act like the real you in front of each group.
Do people suddenly respond to you differently? Become more open maybe?
What was your favourite activity as a child? Give it a go.
Dance in the Autumn leaves
Jump in a puddle or so
Important: Do it while others are watching, you’ll be surprised who’ll join in with you.
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