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!