The past few years have been spent as a journey of discovery. Discovering who I am under the masks and layers that I have gotten lost under over the years. Discovering how to be authentic and vulnerable. Discovering JOY! In this process I am also discovering courage.
In the research I have been doing into being authentic I have been challenged to be more vulnerable and open. Being authentic is something that I started really challenging myself to do several years back while working in the outdoor industry. In the outdoor industry is where I found my tribe so to speak. It is where I started to find myself, my passions, and my joy. The journey which had already started really sped up at that point, but I had no idea at that time how big of a deal that journey would become…
Fast forward a few years to 2017.
About a year ago I met someone who without even trying inspired me to be the best version of myself because they saw only that version of me. The journey became a much higher priority at that time. In part because when you have someone who fully believes in you and sees all your good then you get a surge of strength and courage to delve into the areas that you have avoided. In part because when you realize that you have someone/something incredible and valuable in your life that you will make that person/relationship a priority and you want to bring your best to that person/relationship.
The thing that you find as you decide to be more authentic and vulnerable is that your brain creates these warnings and fears. In the process of researching I found that is normal, our brains are supposed to provide us warnings. That’s how we keep from walking off the side of a cliff or from putting our hands into fire. Our brain serves us well in those situations, but not always quite so well when it comes to the decision to be open and authentic.
This is where courage steps in. Being authentic and sharing who you are takes courage. It also takes courage to stay open once you have shared who you are (your heart and soul) with someone else. Often we open up and then our brain starts the worry process because it is trying to keep us safe. The thing is, we aren’t safe even when we don’t share our heart. As a matter of fact I have been finding that we are in more danger in life when we aren’t authentic and open. Within this I am learning that we have to be open and then stay open and learn to quiet our brains when our heart is doing exactly what it should. It is taking the risk and sharing who we are that shows us we are truly alive. Life without connection and love is not really much of a life at all.
Live from your heart friends and live courageously. It won’t always be easy and you might have to battle your brain as well as the world, but at least you will know you are living.