What if I told you you could be anything you wanted to be. That you don't have to prove yourself to anyone, rather, you can follow your heart and take the path you want to.
Too often we take on study courses, jobs, and even business strategies that just don't fit with who we want to be, but we do it because we feel it's expected. Because we compare ourselves to others and because the words of others dictate that we should follow a specific path and not the one our heart or our gut wants to follow.
I often advocate that many people don't realise the impact their words have on others and that unsupportive words can often be a symptom of someone's own fear of judgement, not of Ill-will. Often people think their criticism of someone's left-of-centre idea, look or lifestyle is helpful They think the negative words will help stop the left-of-centre thinking person from being judged or hurt. While this can be well-meaning, it can also be soul-crushing, leaving people fearing they cannot be themselves and resolving them to live a life they do not love.
It's time we all stopped overthinking how we and our loved ones might be perceived and started encouraging and supporting difference. Instead of using your words to caution, use them to speak up about the importance of acceptance, of tolerance and of the beauty of difference. Using your words like this can impact change. Today, I throw down a challenge to you. This week, take a moment to encourage someone around you to embrace who they are, someone who is struggling to fit into the ‘box’ they keep being put into. Be it about the look you know they really want to embrace, or the career they actually want to change to and give a go, whatever it is, start the conversation. We only get one life, let's make it the one we want to live, the life we love!
Sheena is that girl who always has a smile on her face, she loves life and the diversity within. After a lightbulb went off when she hit 30, Sheena’s ‘f*** it 30 approach to life allowed her to embrace who she is and help others to do the same, free of judgement.
Her communications business, Specialists in Communications, encourages everyone and every business to use their uniqueness as a point of difference, as a positive that helps them connect with people.
Sheena is also founder and editor of The Local Look, an e-magazine and blog showcasing Canberra business by telling the stories of the people behind the brands. Storytelling has the power to really connect with people and through it, we can encourage people and influence change for the better.