Keep on being fearless….
While my friend Katie did not utter these exact words, her message did. Our recent convo went a little like this:
Me: Got a hot second? if not no worries- so not an emergency.
K: Of course!
Me: [Enter latest stress]
K: I know exactly what you’re going through. It is hard to not want to bend over backward for others.
K: Just remember that you’re awesome. Find yourself a distraction. Dance, have fun. You’re allowed to feel whatever emotions you feel and do whatever you need. BUT keep on being AWESOME KATE!
Out of context this may not make the best sense. Regardless, Katie’s advice is universal. Be kind to ourselves , feel the emotions as they come, and make sure to keep moving forward.
Later, I saw another friend’s posting on Facebook. She’s dealing with depression, and publicly- for that I give her a major kudos. And as it often does in the most ‘normal’ of moments, revelation struck. I realized that when my life was super challenging (hello, 2011), fear was often a cornerstone. When I was stuck, fear kept me from moving forward. When I was sad, fear stopped me from realizing the future could be even brighter. When I was heartbroken, fear wouldn’t let me let go of the life I had loved.
And so what does this make me want to do? Go be fearless, live with abandon. Dance with a free heart, laugh with glee. And sure if I come home tonight and need a moment to myself, I will kindly take it- no questions (of myself) will be asked. And in all these moments, I’ll strive to live my life, placing the fear down, and saying yes to the unknown future ahead.