“Oh my god, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” – Anne Lamott
Oh, Anne Lamott, this is such a beautiful battle cry.
Today’s post: what if?
What if instead of trying to please everyone around you, you listened to your beautiful, inner wisdom, and went from there? What if you didn’t worry about what everyone thought? What if you focused on filling your own cup first, instead of everyone else’s?
What if you took great leaps into the proverbial voids, not caring if you weren’t ready, or didn’t fit the mold, or weren’t an expert, or weren’t “the best”? What if you left all that self-doubt and angst and anxiety behind? What if you simply created?
What if you felt beautiful every single day? What if you embraced your “flaws” as the most insanely gorgeous parts of you? What if you focused on feeling good in your body, rather than what it looked like?
What if you allowed yourself to imagine, to dream, to hope? What if you took actions, however imperfect, towards those dreams and hopes? What if you truly adopted the attitude that “done” was better than “perfect”, and just rocked out your amazing visions?
What if you were to be silly, to play, to laugh, and to take some darn time to smell those roses? What if you rested when you were tired, ran around in circles when you were excited, and danced when you felt inspired?
What if you allowed yourself to keep jumping and falling down, without judging that you had fallen down first?
What kind of life would that be? What kind of world would THAT be? What kind of story would you create?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments :).