Skip more, worry less.
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Photos by Dylan H. Brown
I’m not usually one to skip. I’m usually too self-conscious of my body and spreading my arms out wide. But I’m trying to relax my body and mind, to enjoy life more fully.
I’ve spent a lot of time keeping my body parts close and safely protected from judgement and stares of strangers. But holding everything in so tightly has resulted in a lot of tension, not just physically but emotionally, too. As I’m spending more time outside exploring, I’m learning to accept and utilize my limbs as appendages for adventure and freedom – not criticism.
In Brené Brown’s recent book, Braving the Wilderness, she wrote the following passage that rang painfully true for me.
“Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”
It occurred to me that if we are constantly living in fear of other’s judgments and opinions, then of course that’s the energy we’ll attract. It seems simple in theory, yet been so difficult to practice. Although insanely unnatural and uncomfortable for me, I’m trying to spread my arms out wide, and skip more often.
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