When I was growing up, my political beliefs were very different from those around me, and I learned it was easier to keep my opinions to myself. When I was older, I had a career in sales, and I learned it was safer to keep my opinions to myself. As a result, I lived my life very close to my chest, and I never expressed who I really was– except to those very close to me.
It turns out, I had a lot to say. But, I was afraid not everyone was going to like it. I was afraid that people wouldn’t like me.
But I faced my fear, and I gave my voice to say what I believed. It turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. People didn’t really care if we disagreed. People didn’t stop liking me. Surprisingly, my relationships with people actually got better– more honest and deeper, because now they knew me so much better.
Plus, I enjoyed life more when I was living out loud. I felt more confident. I was more tolerant of other people’s beliefs. I laughed more. It felt great, and now I can’t imagine going back to my old ways of keeping myself closed off and tight-fisted.
You’ve got something to say, too. Your life has a message, a meaning, and a story. Give yourself permission to share it.