Goodness! Do you ever feel like an amazing rockstar who’s nailing this whole “I’m a powerful woman who is living her best life and I don’t care what anyone thinks, I’m gonna be me” and then BAM! You get knocked off your high horse so hard that you feel it reverb in your teeth? No? Not you? Oh ok, you can stop reading now then because you are basically perfect and we should all bow down to you. The rest of you, and please for the love of everything holy, tell me there are “the rest of you” you can keep reading:)
I’ve recently decided to take time for myself and to figure out how I can be the best me possible. I’ve been writing more and singing at scary little open mic nights, because these are the things that give me life and bring me joy. It’s been AMAZING! I was on my journey to be this empowered woman who didn’t need anyone’s approval. And then I realized that I may not need the approval, but I sure do want it. I fight these feelings a whole lot but they are so engrained in me. I wrote a blog post recently, and I felt like it was my best one yet. Someone very important in my life has already decided they won’t read my blogs, so I don’t even ask if they got around to it. And when I did my first Open Mic Night I made the decision not to ask them if they watched it, because I knew they wouldn’t, and I was totally at peace with that. But that nagging little voice that tells me I need their approval and praise wouldn’t go away. So when they mentioned they saw that I did an open mic night, the first words out of my mouth were an excited “Did you watch it!?” That excitement quickly turned to mortification, regret, shame, and hurt. I knew not to ask that question, but that part of me that craves approval from this specific person, isn’t as dead as I thought it was.
A few days ago I told a friend that I was just an insecure person by nature and there wasn’t really much I could do to help it. That insecurity is just engrained in my being. This friend, who so easily looks straight thru all the walls and facades that I put on as my armor, looked at me and said, “You are using your insecurities as an excuse to never try and to allow yourself to always fail.” If you are wondering if I kept my composure, that would be a NEGATIVO! I straight up ugly cried my eyes out. I really wish I was a pretty crier but I’m not. I get all snotty and my face scrunches up in these weird not so flattering poses. It’s not pretty. Good thing I wasn’t in public to make these beautiful faces for everyone to see.
I never really thought of me being an insecure person that way. I knew where my insecurities came from. A broken home, with a dad who left me at the age of 8 and lots of other things that weren’t made to foster a well adjusted and healthy self esteem in a young woman. But when this friend said that I was using it as an excuse to never try and to never succeed, that hit me right in the gut. I am still allowing the things in my past power over my present. I am allowing myself to give up before I start because I’m still that terrified little girl, hiding in a corner with her brothers, while ugly things happened on the other side of our bedroom door.
ENOUGH! I have had enough of this mentality. I have had enough of living in fear of the things that seem too big for me to ever accomplish. I’m so sick of being so scared to do the things that excite me and make me want to be something more. I am MORE. I am more than a scared little girl. I am STRONG, I am SMART, I am CAPABLE and I CAN DO BIG THINGS. My brother told me, “We have to stop being afraid to try. Fear of failure shouldn’t stop us from trying.” He’s right. He recently invested in a business and it didn’t workout, but at least he tried. He said “So what, I have a little debt because of it, at least I know I have the strength to try and to dream.” He is my hero for that.
I feel like Hollywood paints this very pretty picture of self discovery for us to look at. That we are going to end up learning all these amazing things about ourselves by riding a motorcycle across the country and meeting someone who pushes us out of our comfort zone and makes us dance on a table in a crowded bar, or skinny dip in a lake. And through all these fun adventures we learn who we are as a person. But they rarely show us all of the ugly parts of self discovery. The tears when you realize you aren’t as whole as you thought you were. The agony when you discover the things you have worked towards your entire life are not in fact the things that make you happy. And when you discover that you are actually too scared to ever dream, it kind of breaks you. I have been discovering all these things about myself. It’s been a tough road. A very humbling and scary road. But I’ve also discovered that I’m worth the work. I’m worth this painful and character building road to a better me. The reason I write these words and put them out on here for whoever to see, is because, 1. It’s very therapeutic for me to write my thoughts down, and 2. I never want anyone to feel like they are alone. It’s hard to admit these weaknesses to people but if I can encourage just one person by letting them see my struggles, then I feel like I’ve done what God has called me to do.