If that first line gave you a little tug on your heart then listen up…
Playing small out of fear of judgment, fear of failing, fear of being able to handle it, or any other fear serves no one.
My fears - what if I offend someone? What if someone bashes me? What if people don’t like what I have to say? What if I can’t keep up with the success? What if my professional growth hurts my personal life? What if….
And then my biggest fear trumps them all - what if I get to the end of my life and I didn’t go for it with everything I’ve got? What if my fears stop me from fulfilling who I was truly made to be? That potential pain is the fuel that kicks me into gear.
But what really keeps me going and fills my heart and soul to the point I’m overflowing - are the moments when another person holds my hand and tells me how much they needed what I said, how much me showing up so fully gave them permission to do the same, or the pure joy they experienced because of a breakthrough they had.
Feeling their hand squeeze mine and feeling the buzzing of their energy - that’s my fuel.
We need each other to fully show up. I need to hear people’s stories, I need to be in rooms where my soul feels alive, I need to know I’m not alone in my pains, and I need to know I’m not alone in the pursuit of my dreams.
I believe that we all have a responsibility, a kuleana, to show up as our healthiest, happiest, highest iconic selves for our own benefit, which then gives others permission and inspiration to do the same, which then leaves the world buzzing as we hold hands and do it together.
So what are you waiting for?