You will rub somebody the wrong way when you dare to speak your truth. You will ruffle some feathers, upset some paradigms, and make new enemies.
You’ll tick other people off. You’ll tick yourself off. You’ll glare at your truth and wish that you could tone it down, shake it down, or even take it down. You’ll long for your filter and cringe at the starkly vulnerable nature of your actions.
Here’s the best part, though:
Daring to speak your truth frees you to live in joy and ease.
You free yourself to be radically honest about your worldview. You splash some black and white on your life’s canvas, and finger-paint every colour in between.
We fear controversy and criticism because we interpret reflections on our art + ideas as reflections on ourselves. We put out the blog, the book, the short film, the album, and then we pace a groove in the floor as we await public reactions (validations?) to the quality/usefulness/likeability of our work.
You’re not here to be liked.
You’re not here to be coddled or showered with nothing but giddily effusive praises.
You are here to be heard. You are here to shine. You are here to claim your voice and speak the words you know to be true.
“You are powerful and precious. You deserve to love yourself. You are worthy of your own compassion. You have the right to choose.”
You are here to answer the calling of your genius and polish the vessel of your chosen art form.
Play with the words and images that let you express the stirrings of your soul and the brightness of your vision. Hum with the colours that burst across your eyelids every time you close your eyes to imagine your dream. Write down the soundtrack booming in your gut and keeping you up at night.
You’ll make some people deeply uncomfortable and make others wonder if you’re quite alright. You’ll scare some people so bad that they shut down and run away from your message.
You’re here for a purpose, and your purpose is to speak your truth as best as you see fit. Whether it’s lobbying for green energy, leading peace talks, or eradicating world hunger, you are here to carry out the demands of your calling.
You’re here to inform your tribe and educate those who need what you have to offer.
You’re here to blaze with a clarity so raw and sharp that we recognise your energy signature a mile away.
You’re here to stand up and be counted, to be a conduit for the deep wisdom nestling in your core.
You’re here to share your gifts with the world and give to those who choose to benefit from your giving.
Speaking your truth is as vital as your need to breathe; you need both to be truly alive. Haven’t you had enough of feeling like you’re sitting on your hands and watching your dream pass you by?
Trusting what you have to say, and going a step farther to share it, is one of the greatest acts of self-care. It’s recognising that you’re already special and it doesn’t matter what other people say about you or how they see you. It’s knowing that you are worthy, you are enough, and you don’t have to depend on other people to make you feel good about yourself.
Your tribe members will find and salute you. Your right people will celebrate you. You will respect you.
What’s your truth?