A couple of years ago that quote was being said everywhere
Posters were being made
It was a thing
It was trendy to have stuff that SAID: be awesome.
What does it even mean to BE AWESOME?
Let’s make a list:
Know who you are
Show up big
Do hard things
Be on fire
Create epic stuff
Be willing to do scary ideas
Not back down
Don’t listen to haters
All of these are good.
Loving yourself even when you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning
Letting yourself take a nap
Noticing your body and listening to it
Going to bed when you want to stay up late
Turing off your phone
Letting yourself be sad or mad or glad or frustrated and feeling into it on purpose
Giving yourself a pat in the back
Having a one person dance party when you hit that goal: big or small
Taking a walk
Saying yes to you
Often, when we think of being awesome
It’s the big showy positive in-your-face types of things we consider
The truth is
The big showy things aren’t what make you awesome
I’m fact, YOU ARE ALREADY AWESOME.
YOU AND ME, we arrived on this planet with this tattooed on our soul:
Being awesome isn’t up for debate or discussion
We already are
We may not believe it
Nothing has gone wrong if you don’t believe in your own awesomeness
I didn’t believe in mine
I wanted other people to tell me about my awesomeness
I looked for it in projects and accomplishments
All of us do
Until we stop
Until we start seeing the ways we’ve hurt ourselves
And we start putting salve on those wounds
Beginning to love our already existing awesomeness
Accepting our awesomeness
Even when we do things we don’t like
It’s in how we treat our selves on the way to those big showy things that make us see and love and allow our awesomeness.
Saying I love you to yourself even when you do things you wish you hadn’t
Celebrating yourself when it seems too small
Seeing your fire for its ability to both burn AND warm
Loving yourself for all of it
Seeing your desire for quiet and aloneness AND being visionary
Not judging yourself for any of it
Seeing your emotionally messy self AND your ability to hold someone’s pain so carefully
Be willing to love both parts of you.
Seeing you desire for structure, order, control AND your ability to make things simple for others
Embracing both without shaming yourself
Seeing your all-over-the-place-thinking-
Giving both parts a grateful hug.
This is where your awesomeness lies.
In all of it.
Stop judging you
What are two contrasting things about you?