I left the world of Advertising and Branding to follow my dream: To facilitate personal development through self-acceptance & self-celebration. To create a safe space in which you can discover yourself through self-expression, self-exposure and exploration. To create a life YOU WANT to show up fully for!
Taking the leap of faith to commit to my “life’s purpose” was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. I still have moments of panic, when I literally want to run away to some island. Moments where ‘the fear’ rears its head and does its best to convince me to go back to my “old” life which was easy to explain to others and insured a pay check at the end of each month.
But every part of my being revolts at the thought of going back to “that” and aches for “this” – my only choice is to dive fully into what I know to be true for me.
Risk-taking is not easy. Especially when it’s a genuine risk which has been calculated and the chances of “success” are totally unknown. Risk-taking however, makes me feel alive. And it has made me agile and adaptable to life’s surprises – I am a ROCKING risk ninja – adept at embracing change and, 8 out of 10 times, finding ways to benefit and grow from circumstances.
Why else would you throw yourself off a bridge attached by a chord? Open your heart to someone else? Speak your mind? Share your dreams? Learn a new skill? Tell the truth? Try a new dish at a restaurant you’ve never been to before – all of these have elements of risk and discovery – of opening yourself up to the new and the unknown. This is the only 100% sure way that you can increase your awareness and discover more about yourself and the world you live in. No matter how much cognitive knowledge you have – if it is not experienced – it remains a theory.
We fear rejection. Ridicule. Not being loved. Not being supported. Being abandoned.
But think about how much you admire people and characters who speak their minds and live according to their beliefs with integrity – despite what pressures or fears they have. Madiba. Cher. Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh. Lady Gaga. Ghandi. Robert Downing Jr. Mother Theresa. Mohammed Ali. Sting. Jack Nicolson. Steven Hawking. Einstein. We respect them and identify with them because:
They are brave enough to be themselves – in all their perfect imperfection – and be outspoken about who they are and what they stand for.
So my question is: If you respect this “brave” quality in them – why not allow “your brave” the same respect and airtime?
Below is my theme song which resonates with my vision. It speaks to being brave – trusting yourself and your voice, dancing like no one is watching, connecting and loving with your whole being, thinking with your whole body – realising that where you are right now is perfect and you HAVE ARRIVED! So why not dance and say what you want to say? What are you willing to risk for who you truly are?
Sara Bareilles – Be Brave
“Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is”