So, is today the day that you stop listening to the bullshit our world is feeding you?
If society has its way, you will never feel good enough. Worthy enough. Whole enough. We live in a world that preys on our insecurities in order to sell us products and services. That’s the way it works. I want you to remember that whenever you’re feeling bad about yourself. You don’t need whatever it is they’re pitching to you in order to feel better. Everything you need is inside you.
Haven’t you ever wondered why it is that there are so many readily available ways to numb ourselves, and yet getting the actual help we require to heal is practically impossible? You don’t need to mindlessly watch TV, drink yourself to sleep, or keep going out with people you don’t even like. It’s actually pretty insane that we consider those options normal, instead of taking charge of our own well-being. Numbing is the default we turn to when we don’t want to look at our lives. That’s not okay, and we need to shift the narrative.
Why are we so afraid to go inwards? I used to feel this way too, to be afraid of facing myself. I had to get to a rock-bottom place in my life to start doing the necessary work instead of using numbing tactics. In a world that teaches us that we aren’t safe to be ourselves, that the unknown is scary and dangerous, of course we avoid. We are suffocating our truths because it seems like the only way to survive out there is to conform.
This will never change unless we change it. We have to do the work that shifts this paradigm, that puts an emphasis on community and well-being instead of profit and hustling. I’m tired of living in a society that keeps the many down for the benefit of the few. Aren’t you? I’m here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with you if you feel like you don’t belong or don’t want to be a part of societal norms. It’s not you. The world has it all backwards, and we can’t keep going along with it like sheep.
Your life is short. Your time is precious. How do you want to spend it? Following what the world determines is appropriate, by some random standard, or stepping into your authenticity? Remember that norms are only norms because someone decided it was so. We can shift the perspective, little by little, but we have to be brave. We have to be persistent. We have to live unapologetically as ourselves in order to remind others who they really are.
Next time you want to turn to avoidance or numbing, I invite you to sit with yourself instead. It won’t be comfortable at first. It may take a long time to get used to it when you’ve been running away from yourself for your entire life. But, I promise you, the long-term benefits and rewards will open your eyes. Once upon a time I dreaded focusing on my shit. Now working on my inner healing is my favorite thing to do. It’s transformed my life in the best of ways. I love diving deeply into what’s going on internally because I now know it’s the only way to really open up my world. Falling into the trap of pouring my money into our greedy society, trying to fix things, is not where it’s at.
This isn’t really a what if. It’s a fact. Society IS fucked. It’s up to us to decide what to do with that. One day at a time, little by little. You are brave. You are strong. You are enough exactly as you are. I believe in you, and I love you.