Be a Lighter Version of You

Don’t let your baggage determine who you are.

We are all defined and filed into boxes of who we think we “are”. BUT, did you know that that’s not really who you are?

Your perception of yourself and how YOU think you should behave accordingly are what determines what you are projecting out into the world — and it is because of that projection that others see you and automatically plug you into a stereotype.

Did you know you don’t have to live this way?

Just because people say that drummers behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that guitar players behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that painters behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that writers behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that singers behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that musicians behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. Just because people say that real estate agents behave like “this” doesn’t mean you have to act like “this”. …I think you get the idea… Just because you are “this” does not mean you have to live like “this” is supposed to live.

How does it feel? What feels right to you?

YOU are NOT who people THINK you are. YOU are NOT who you THINK you are.

We are all more complicated than that.

Let go to the preconceived notions of how someone like you is supposed to act and redefine the rule — THINK FOR YOURSELF! Be the best version of yourself that you can (and want to) be.

Part of thinking that you need to behave a certain way so that you are perceived by others in a certain way is a large part of your baggage — along with emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical baggage — all of this is part of your story, BUT remember that every day is a new beginning, a blank sheet of paper that you get to write whatever you want on.

Do you want the definitions you are holding onto to continue to define you? Do you want to continue to carry around that baggage?

Yes, we all have trauma (thus why I, myself am writing about it – because I want to release it. I don’t want to hold onto it and carry it around.) I want to be LIGHTER!

I’m not saying you need to ditch every bit of baggage, but it’s ok to lighten your load and simply remember what said experience was TEACHING you – release the trauma of it – remember the good feelings of life and take heed of the lessons. We are all a “work in progress” and that is wonderful – we all have the same opportunities to grow, learn, change, adapt, love, learn, and LIVE.

Be you, in all your (im)perfect glory.

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