Stand back — I’m taking the lid off.

Dear Self,

I’m feeling very excited right now.

I’m doing things I really enjoy, I have people around me I love and who love me, I have a nurturing home and a beautiful studio and I have enough resources to keep doing what I am doing and I have ideas and I am writing and moving and making stuff and generally having creativity in my life.

I’m feeling excited and I am tempted to quash that excitement.

In case.

In case the other shoe drops, or something goes wrong, or I make a mistake, or generally I start feeling less excited.

I’ve decided to take the lid off and enjoy the excitement anyway.

Sure the other shoe will drop and something will change and I will fail at something and I will feel differently. When that all happens I will embrace the experience of those things. But that’s not where I am right now. So putting a lid on where I am is kind of pointless and quite stressful.

But I feel concerned.

I’m worried that I am going to lose my grounding. That I will get so whooped up that I won’t sleep (that happens sometimes) and that I’ll over do it and exhaust myself and become a version of myself that is unhealthy for me (and the people around me).

What to do?

I choose to be excited and grounded.

I will just remember that being excited doesn’t mean being tense. Being excited means letting the excitement flow through me into the things I am doing, it means using the excitement to do this activity I want to do.

Tightening myself does not help. When I harness the excitement I do so all the way from my feet to the tips of my fingers and the top of my head.

That way the excitement passes through me into the activity, into life, into the things I do and I have the ability to be energised and then to rest as the need arises.

Putting a lid on the excitement just creates a bunch of trapped, frustrated energy that is no good to anyone.

Stand back, I’m taking the lid of.

Luke

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