Are you waiting for permission to live life your way? I see it so often, as though someone else has to give you authorisation that it’s OK just to be you!
The biggest obstacle I see that stops people following their hearts and expressing their free spirit is that they’re waiting for some kind of validation. They’re waiting for permission.
Waiting for permission to leave a job that doesn’t light you up – because it’s not THAT bad and I should be grateful.
Permission to share your gifts with the world – because I’m not perfect and anyway – they’re not that special.
Permission to be happy
Permission to be loved, to be heard, to speak your truth
Permission to leave a situation that just doesn’t make you happy any more
Permission to be crazy, to be different, to have alternative views, to be outrageous,
Permission to live life your way and just be you!
Do you wait until you feel you’re ‘justified’ in doing something – waiting until the relationship gets SO bad that nobody would blame you for leaving, or waiting until someone else agrees with you before you tell people what you really think, or waiting until things get so dire in a toxic relationship that you eventually stand up for yourself?
Why? Why do you wait? You are who you are for a reason. You don’t need anyone’s permission to live life your way, to express who you are loud and clear.
It may upset some people, it may mean some people don’t agree with you, or even like you. But that’s fine. You came here to be you – not some watered down, timid version of you, but a powerful expression of who you are.
None of us know how long we have here, so there’s no time to waste waiting around for permission… go for it! Be you. Say what is in your heart and show yourself to the world.
I often see people being intimidated by the word ‘gift’, as though somehow having a gift is only for the creative, artistic or highly intelligent among us. Those who make a massive statement with something they do.
Your gift is just as valuable and just as worthy as anyone’s. Your gift is simply you being you.
Maybe your gift is being a calming influence, or inspiring others to be themselves, being a fantastic listener, speaker, mother, athlete, cake baker, friend… The list is endless and you have no idea what impact you have on the world just by being who you are meant to be and living life your way.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so others won't feel insecure around you. As you let your own light shine, you indirectly give others the permission to do the same.
- Marianne Williamson -
Get back to your core. Feel within yourself – what is it you feel called to do? Listen to that small whisper that you hear and allow yourself to be guided by that.
The world needs you now. We need you to be who you really are, to express your authentic self and do whatever it is you came here to do. You are part of the whole, and if you don’t allow yourself to play that part, there will be a piece missing – because nobody else can be who you came here to be.
Stop waiting for permission to live life your way. Step up and open your heart, and share what's in there because you never know who needs to hear that kind word, that opinion, that funny take on life. Whatever it is, it’s valid and we need you to be you and share it.
Focus on things that you love to do, be kind to yourself and stop trying to force yourself into a box that you (or someone else) thinks is the ‘right’ way to be.
If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t and every day that you spend trying to contort yourself to fit into it is wasting your precious life force… Don’t let that happen.
You don’t need to be perfect, in fact you will never be perfect in the worldly sense of the world, but paradoxically you are perfect exactly as you are moment by moment, mistakes and all… it’s all part of your journey in life and it’s up to you to take the first step towards allowing your magic to shine.
So if you’re waiting for permission to be you – there’s only one place it can come from – you. Give yourself permission today to live life your way.
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