The less you worry about what people think, the less complicated life becomes.
I saw this quote this morning and had to write about it because it was my mantra this week in stretching out of my comfort zone! I just couldn’t resist because it’s a great one! I don’t know about you, but many people worry about what others think. Are you one of those people?
Well, in stretching our comfort zones here at Inner Hotshot University (IHU), this is sometimes a big issue for people! I don’t know about you, but there’s that inner voice in my head from childhood which says, “Don’t do/say/act like that because what will people think?”
We are taught that we mustn’t talk with our mouths full because, “people will think you don’t have any manners!”
Don’t cause a commotion because, “what will the neighbors think?”
Etc Etc Etc…I’m sure you can make a huge list!
I think in letting go of those limits in our lives, we allow ourselves more power, more room to grow, more space in which to live, to breathe and to flow! Being taught manners, I still abide by the rules ~ but in speaking out, stretching out of my comfort zone, I’m finding inner peace! How about you?
It’s a daily practice for me to not seek acceptance and approval from others in my life. It’s a habit that I’m finding that I want to let go of ~ because I want my inner Hotshot, the little spitfire inside who danced without music, who loved and enjoyed life, wants out of the confines of the self-imposed prison which I set up for her.
Sure, I still enjoy being a Mom, Wife, Daughter etc…I just want to allow ME to shine through as well! I’ve been talking with a few friends lately and it seems that there are times where we all go through this stage in our lives. Some have taken different routes to find their Inner Hotshot ~ but for me, it’s that small stretching everyday out of my comfort zone by gently pushing myself to do a bit more, to allow myself to dance a bit (figuratively) and to revel in the freedom of not worrying about what others think, that allows me to shine again.
Frankly, I’ve missed that part of me that I’d hidden away. And it’s time to call her back into action and integrate her into my life again!
I hope I’m making sense to you ~ but to quote my favorite movie Gone With The Wind, even if I don’t make a lot of sense to you, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” Ha ha…only kidding! 🙂
So did you stretch out of your comfort zone this week?
Tell me all about it!
Working on this myself too. Excited I am evolving and learning to let go of what others think because it should not and it does not have anything to do with what I think. Shine On!!
PS. Shine on reminds of the brotherhood of the marines when they say WHO AH (or something like that -LOL), you get my point –when I repeat your Shine On I am simply & happily agreeing with what you are saying
Kris, Keep Shining On! Oh I love when the Marines do that! I know exactly what you’re talking about ~ SHINE ON to you! ♥♥♥
I love the quote, too.
So happy to hear it ~ ahem ~ read it! ♥
I know exactly what you mean and was taught the same way. Not that way anymore and letting myself Shine On! I am happier since I have done that. Smiling at the Gone with the Wind quote 🙂 Still taking baby steps but as far as IHO can’t think of anything I have done special this week. Been working a lot with orders. Kudos to you, Yvonne for continuing forward ♥
No worries Kathy ~ stretching evolves slowly ♥ When I talk the talk, I have to walk the walk ~ I’ll keep going ~ got my hand out when you need a hand! ♥
Yes, it does evolve slowly but headed in the right direction I think. Thanks for the hand out and would do the same ♥
It sounds like you started to think about yourself again instead of devoting all your time to others. You deserve it! Shine on bright star.
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I love that we’ve connected ~ thanks for stopping by! ♥
Love, love the invitation of this!
Thanks me too! ♥
I traveled an hour by train and then walked a little over a mile to see an old friend who has checked into a priory to gain some spiritual strength. She’s going through a very dark period in her life. We walked to the main drag of the town and sat in a cafe sipping iced tea and picking at oiives, nuts, and bread for the next three hours. It was great! Then it took two hours to get home. But, it was worth it.
You are such a kind friend ~ thanks for sharing! ♥♥♥
Move to the country. Get old. Problem solved. Life is so much simpler 🙂
Thanks for stopping by ~ great ideas! ♥
Just superb! Thank you. ~Paul
Thank you for stopping by! So happy! 🙂
I landed here again. Yes, letting go of approval seeking. Guess that’s what I’m doing 🙂 -some more!
It’s a daily practice for me Laurie ~ but well worth it! ♥
Yes. And OK to slip a little I’m thinking 🙂
Always ok to slip a little ~ and get back up with a helping hand. ♥