On being true to yourself.
This is a post about being true to yourself. I am sure that most of you can relate.
Passion is a word I hold close to my heart. I am passionate about a lot of things, so what I am about to write, I really haven’t seen as an issue – until I recently started to dig deeper within myself. Since a day only has 24 hours, I have never been forced to work with something that I don’t enjoy doing. However, over the years I have a few times devoted my time to project that would be “good for my career” or (God forbid) “good for my CV” – more than something that would make my heart kick. Actually, a few times I was told to tone down some things that I really really care about in my personal branding. As in “don’t talk so much about xyz”. And I’d obey. I’d take down pics from Instagram and not blog about what sometimes actually mattered the most. I’d keep a strictly professional facade and leave behind large parts of my personality. That is not really being true to yourself, now, is it?
Recently – I must have a 40 year analysis (I wouldn’t at all call it “crisis”, more like “evaluation”) – I made a decision never to tone down any passions of mine any more. Why should I – and the same goes to you:
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” -Oprah Winfrey
“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” -Wanda Skyes
“Just keep being true to yourself, if you’re passionate about something go for it. Don’t sacrifice anything, just have fun.”
― Blake Lewis
I am passionate about these things (in random order):
Building an empire for House of Comedy. Dogs. Teaching. Creativity. Books. Productivity. Minimalism. Coffee. Creating a good life for my family. Photography. Tech. Dance.
Still, there are a few of those things that I have not done anything with yet and that is just about to change. It feels like this 40-year-old lady is just about to create a business out of one of her greatest passions. Call me Crazy…
How about yourself? Are you being true to yourself about what you really should be doing with your life?