Isn’t it time you took a breath, stripped off and did you?

You were born…

And then every year, you became less and less like the real you…

Every year, you hid parts of you because they would be considered bad, first by your mum, your dad…

And then you hid a few more parts from your friends and peers…

All those parts they did not want to see…

The parts that would make you unacceptable to the clique…

Lonely in a crowd…

Lonely despite the supposed love…

And then you had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment… literally…

And for an instant, you felt completely loved!

And you thought you could come out of the closet…

But there were other rules…

Just different from the ones you had before…

And so you raised hands and sang songs and people saw leadership in you, invited you to do all kinds of things under their vision…

As long as you hid your hidden places…

And pretended they were not there…

And you played by the rules

And jumped through the hoops

So they did not see the hidden places…

And they let you in to the clique…

Accepted you as one of theirs…

And you kept the quiet agreement with yourself to hide all those other places…

Every year, you felt less and less loved because no one really knew you…

There were so many rules about how to live your life…

Rules about acceptable sexuality…

Rules about acceptable ways to do religion and to draw close to God…

Rules about how to be with friends, what subjects you were allowed to talk about…

Rules about everything…

And so you hid away…

Pretended to be like everyone else…

You learnt the language of your particular tribe…

Quoted it like the best of them…

And you tried to belong by hiding away…

But one day, you got done with it…

You caught a glimpse of something and you realised you did not have to hide…

You learnt that you could not keep going through life like this and you did not have to…

You suddenly realised that if you had to be anything OTHER THAN YOU FOR ONE MORE SECOND, then you may as well be dead…ALL-FUCKING-READY!

You wanted what they all promised you would get when you agreed to follow the rules but what, in reality, you could never get while you were being someone other than you

You wanted REAL relationship with your higher power and you sensed He did not care as much about your dark places as his people did…

You wanted to build a life doing what you wanted to do even if to start with, family, friends all thought you were kind of loopy for giving up the nice safe life they had planned for you…

You simply wanted to be accepted for WHO YOU ARE!!!

Because you know what, you quite liked the real you and surely in a world of 7 billion people, you can find a few that accepted you?!

SURELY?!

And so you stepped outside the lines…

You experienced freedom for the first time in your life…

Like your religion had promised but never been able to deliver…

You realised that the real you was not all that bad…

In fact, YOU WERE PRETTY DARNED AMAZING!

but now, people want you to come back into the fold…

They think you are backsliding and they want to ‘save’ you

Honey, DO NOT LISTEN!

DO NOT GO BACK to what chained you up in the first place!

Dare to continue stripping off the layers that life placed on you…

Don’t you realise that this is your ONE LIFE?!

Let them stifle themselves to fit into the crowd, if they want…

You come out of there!

Come be you! ALL THE WAY YOU!

JUST YOU in ALL YOUR AWESOME GLORY!

Allow yourself to experience everything…

Be your most evolved self…

Allow yourself to make mistakes…

Nothing is so completely wrong anyway, regardless of what all the naysayers, ‘keep you in the tribe’ peeps would say…

There ain’t nothing you cannot come back from unless you let guilt kill you!

YOUR CHOICE though!

Dare to be you

Dare to really be free

Strip the heck off!

Let your freak flag fly!!!

Allow yourself to find new peeps…

You don’t have to stay attached to the old ones as though they are the only people on the planet!

Allow yourself to explore you!

YOU KNOW YOU ARE BORN FOR MORE so allow yourself to set your own new lines or just take the limits off!

You are in a room with no walls — Why bother making any?!!

Just keep exploring…

Just keep going deeper into your higher power…

Just keep expanding…

Who said you had to stop anyway?!

Only guilt and shame and fear keep you bound up thinking that it would be selfish to be more!

What utter nonsense!

ENJOY YOUR LIFE

Inspire someone with the real you…

Share YOU with the world

Actually believe that who you really are, is important!

Actually believe that there is no mistake about you…

Let those who want to play small, play small..

You don’t have to play that game…

Go big

Go Bold

Be your most confident self…

And do the work you want to do, be the person you want to be, WITH NO APOLOGY!

Fight for, deliberately design the life you are born to live

Because you want to!


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