Sometime last month, I realised life slipped right by me every single day.
I’d like to say that the realisation lit a fire under me to sell all my stuff, hitch my wagon to an exotic stranger and sail the 7 continents, but it wasn’t anything quite so melodramatic.
A quiet thought slammed this fist through my skull: “Tap tap, darling. This is your future calling. All done hiding away in your room yet?”
The truth is I’ve spent countless days wrapped up in my bed, isolated from the real world and only having a social life online.
I’ve shrunk back from face-to-face interactions and hung it all on “I’m still healing from past emotional trauma” so I don’t have to face the fact that I’m scared to build my life again.
I remember the turning point. A tweet blossomed in my head and I rushed to share it: “Slam a fist through your inhibitions. Ditch your excuses. Live raw, fiery, & BOLD.”
Then of course I went about the rest of my day like nothing happened.
But later in bed that night, I would reflect on those words and how I needed, oh how I needed to apply them to myself.
It was time to live on my edges.
It was time to consciously venture beyond a stale routine and mix things up.
It was time to live raw, fiery, & BOLD.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well, so you know that I didn’t just pull the words out of my butt because I thought they were good copy.
I want you to know they mean something real to me, just like I hope they’ll mean something real to you too.
What’s Raw, Fiery, & BOLD?
Raw: straight from your gut, take no prisoners, all-out approach to life.
Unleashing the full force of your intensity and ignoring the critics.
How often have we stumbled through life too afraid to voice our opinions or be our true selves? Those times are over, people.
Fiery: energy-infused showcase of your spirit in full Technicolour.
Strutting your stuff like a peacock and knowing you are the bee’s knees.
How often have you felt utterly fabulous about yourself, like you can take on anything that comes your way?
It’d be a blast to feel that way day after day, innit? I certainly think so.
BOLD: standing up for yourself and staying firm about it when others try to dim your shine.
Living on the edge and exploring beyond boundaries you previously thought were impassable.
Telling jerks to shut it when they mouth off in your direction.
Living a richly-layered and fulfilling life.
Live Raw, Fiery, & BOLD
Even when you feel you can’t possibly make any changes.
Even when you’re scared to take the first step.
Even when you want to give up.
Even when they tell you you can’t. Especially when they tell you you can’t.
Even when you cry. Even when you hurt. Even when you’re numb.
Live raw, fiery, & BOLD, because that’s when you know you’re truly alive: when you go for it all, ovaries to the wall.
I’m no different from you.
I wonder if I’m good enough, worry what people might say, and spend way too much time fretting if my actions will be misinterpreted.
Life’s too short for all that.
It’s too precious for all that.
Where are you afraid to be your wild, glorious, multi-talented self because you’re struggling to fit in?
Where are you holding on to hurtful beliefs because they’re all you know even though they’re poisoning you more and more every day?
Take it from someone who knows: none of that matters.
It’s futile trying to please everyone, and yes that includes your closest loved ones.
At some point you’ll have to ask yourself one simple question: Am I going to live the life they want me to live, or am I going to live the life I’m drawn to?
The answer you choose is up to you.
You and I can change the world.
We have the ideas.
We have the passion.
We have the drive.
But are we bold enough to step forward and put them to good use? Are we bold enough to enter the arena and endure public scrutiny whether we win or lose?
Heart in my mouth, fear in my ear, fire in my gut, I’m stepping forward.
I’m entering and staying in the arena.
I choose to live raw, fiery, & BOLD.
Who’s with me?