RuleBreaker.

I don’t think our hearts can fully and truly breathe with the suffocating pressure of perfection and trying so hard to hold all the pieces of our fragile lives together.

TEN RULES TO BREAK:

#1. Letting down your guard. A beautiful example of this is the singer/songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Adele never puts up a flawless front. I have been a big fan since I watched her on YouTube for the first time. I remember seeing her humility and vulnerability during her live performance of “Daydreamer” from her first record, 19. Even then, she did not ooze confidence and perfection. Heck! She was a kid learning and figuring out how to handle the task in front of her. BUT, she did sing with heart. Isn’t that all of us? Learning how to just handle life and live it with heart?

I love that she never faked having it all together. Now, she continues to be transparent as a performer and even further as a human. At the Grammys, during live performances, within her social media presence, etc, she is real.

I’m realizing that I put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I want to do everything right and have a spotless career with no mistakes. THE TRUTH IS, RACHEL… That is impossible. I am going to whole-heartedly pursue having a beautiful, inspirational, and fulfilling life/career, but I should not expect perfection from myself. I’m human; we all are human. There is this haunting unspoken rule that we are expected to look and live perfectly… but actually, I don’t think our hearts can fully and truly breathe with the suffocating pressure of perfection and trying so hard to hold all the pieces of our fragile lives together. I believe stepping out behind a wall of perfection is a pretty beautiful rule to break. However, before being more transparent with others, I need to let down my guard with myself. Over the past nine months of living in Nashville, I have taken some time and dealt with some parts of me with which I have been struggling. These struggles will come out throughout this series. I hope during this series you can take something from it that impacts your life in a meaningful way.

SOMETHING TO SNACK ON

How can you be more transparent with yourself? Is there anything that you are putting off dealing with or hiding from in order to seem perfect?

Follow along for rules #2 through #9!