Day 29

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Congratulations for completing week four! The next three days are bonus reflection days. 

Today I want to share with you a beautiful quote I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Long ago, when I was in my insecure twenties, I met a clever, independent, creative, and powerful woman in her mid-seventies, who offered me a superb piece of life wisdom.
She said: "We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we're so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don't give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won't be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow."

Keep this with you. It's important. No one is worried about you, and that's a good thing. No one cares if you trip and fall (by the way I did this last night walking alone down the street, and I can attest that nope, no one cared.). No one cares if you don't look or sound cool. Everyone is worried about themselves.

And, like you learned in this course, those who seem to be preoccupied with you are avoiding their own pain. You have the choice to take it on or not. This isn't easy work. It takes practice. We forget, and then we remember again.

So right now remember to focus on you. Do you. Share it. Be it. Love it all up. Enjoy being alive while you're here.

 

today's affirmation

I don't need to wait until I'm seventy to know that I am free. I choose to be free now.

 

gentle nudge

As a mini challenge do one thing today that makes you feel free.