So many things have happened in the last week. I seriously believe this week, followed by next week, followed by the next will create the month of my life where I have had the most growth. The month after that I’ll grow even more, and the one after that and after that.. You get the idea.
I started and finished On Writing Well by William Zinsser last night. Wow, what a great read—can you tell how much better of a writer I am already? 🙂
Seriously though it was a great read. The main point the author hammered home was to always be true to yourself. This is in reference to writing, yes. It had never really occurred to me before but I’m guilty of the same things so many of the people in this book were doing. I’ve had lapses, where I think so much about what my reader is going to hear I began changing my words. I would sometimes change them completely upside down. I even remember one post in particular where I though about what the reader was going to think the entire time—the post ended up being unreadable. I wrote an entire page that could have been summed up in one or two lines.
Isn’t that the end-all-be-all for us sometimes though? We get so caught up in what others think about us we lose touch with who we are—how we want others to perceive us. When we true to ourselves we set the “this is me” broadcast. Some people will understand what we’re saying and some won’t. This is something I personally and working to come to terms with. If we are constantly putting up the billboard or “front” we are telling others we are someone we aren’t. People can see right through this—everyone can, and its unattractive. Authenticity. That is attractive.
It works the same with writing, works the same with the clothes you choose to wear. I’ve been told by one special person I should post more photos of myself and my ridiculous outfits. They aren’t bad, I really like them—this is who I am in my truest form. I dress exactly how I feel every day and I love it—but I don’t put many photos out there because of the perception—even though its something that really excites me. Its time for me to extrapolate said front and be true to myself. I am empowering you to do the same and not allow perception of others to allow you to jeopardize your authentic self. I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone and showing you what I wore today. How can you step outside your comfort zone and express yourself?
Have a blessed week!