Don’t Make Yourself Small

Caitlin McColl
Dose Of Wonder
Published in
3 min readJun 6, 2024

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

I was recently doing my daily yoga, on my Peloton app, and one of the instructors was talking about making yourself small — minimizing yourself. And there was something else around that same time, someone else said something similar — maybe it was on social media somewhere — but someone was saying the same sentiment.

And it was a good reminder. The yoga instructor was saying how we need to stand proud — how we need to be open, be vulnerable. How we need to stand tall and collapse into ourselves.

It was a good reminder that we need to step out of the shadows, step into the light — show others who we really are.

We need to work on not putting ourselves down so much (don’t tell me you don’t do this — at least sometimes!).

We need to learn not to listen to our inner critics that often say things to us that we wouldn’t say to anyone else because it’s too hurtful, too harsh, too mean.

We need to stand proud. We need to be strong, even if we might not feel that way.

We can fake it ‘til we make it, as they say.

If we try our best to take up space, to not be shrinking violets and wallflowers — and yes, that includes my fellow introverts too who I know would rather stay hiding in the darkness, so that others don’t notice them. That way we can just skate by…

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Caitlin McColl
Dose Of Wonder

Writer on mental health, grief & loss, mindfulness, running, life musings (+ fiction and poetry!). ❤️coffee & dogs. Vancouver 🇨🇦