Just Be You
What is it to be your best self? As I read the blog topic for the week, I stopped and re-read this line. “When you be your best self, I am granted permission to be my best self also.”
This stirs a knowing in my belly. A tingle, as though I am reading something that already I know. I sit with this. There is an energy to showing up as you truly are. What is my best self? It’s my true self. It’s my perfectly imperfect self that shows up and is present in the moment and honest and comfortable in my skin and in my words and deeds. I am reading Rachel Hollis’ “Girl, stop apologizing“. I love her no-nonsense writing and her unapologetic way of saying, “Go for it”. Follow that stirring in your gut. Follow what tugs on your heartstrings and go for it. It’s not selfish to follow your calling or to go after something you want. Follow your joy!
So in this way, I challenge myself to think and reflect on what this means to me. What are those things that make me be my best self? I love lists so here are my bullet points. (Note: this is the abridged version, there are lots of other things on the list, these stuck out the most though)
- Organizing and cleaning—Marie Kondo would be proud
- Writing – journalling, blogging, scrawling notes for the book in my heart
- Speaking, encouraging, passing on messages of hope and triumph, lifting others up
- Huna healings
- Hugging, human contact—snuggles, kisses, smooches and tickles too
- Being outdoors – loving the hammock weather right now!
- Laughing until my stomach hurts—more points if something comes out my nose!
- Deep conversations
- Learning new things and sharing those learnings with my kids
- Singing at the top of my lungs #nailedit, #betterthantheartist
When any of these are checked off the list in a given day I am my best self. I have filled the tank so that it can overflow into me being there for others. I am my best self because I am unapologetically me. I am a mix of chaos and order. I am weird, emotional, silly, fluffy, letting my grey hairs show, flawed or better yet “flawesome” and I own it. I stand proud in the fact that I am marching to the beat of my own heart. I am a bit out there. Some might find it too much and that’s ok. But I know that I am good enough just as I am. Because I am being my best me. This line from “Avengers, Endgame” (yes another superhero movie reference), gets me fired up. It’s the perfect mantra for me and for this post: “Everyone fails at who they are supposed to be. The measure of a person, a hero, is how they succeed at who they are“.
That, in a nutshell, sums up for me what it means to be your best self. You do you and I’ll do me! And that’s exactly where we are meant to be. So friends, be weird, be different, be unapologetically you. Let’s start a movement. Who’s with me?