Something magical happens when you stop caring about what others think of you.
You start to taste a level of freedom that questions all of your past decisions.
It changes your interactions with people.
Your conversations with your boss.
The whole ecosystem around you.
The other day, I met someone ‘important.’
He was so used to people being excited around him.
Half way through my conversation I noticed that he was nervous.
And I noticed something about myself too.
I was a little bored with our conversation.
I didn’t care about his fame.
I was ready to be done with our meeting.
I had no interest.
Of course I didn’t show it to him, but he knew.
It is hard to hide indifference.
That evening, I sat on my favorite chair at home and started to process what happened.
You see, I had spent my whole life trying to prove my value, my worthiness.
I sought validation from everyone.
Especially people with influence.
But now, it is like someone just took the ‘I care what others think’ feeling out of my heart.
When you don’t need to be somebody else.
It is like sitting down inside your own body.
And marveling at yourself.
And if you are thinking what does this have to do with grief and loss.
Grief hides the true you when you are in pain. It is so much easier to please the world and copy what is out on display vs what is hiding inside of you. @SecondFirsts (Click to Tweet!)
For me, 2019 has been a year of unexpected evolution towards a self that I can respect.
I think of women like Georgia O’Keefe, Yayoi Kusama, Sophie Scholl, Harriet Tubman.
And I am running towards them so fast yelling, one day I will become.
I will become like you, relentlessly yourselves.
Ridiculously indifferent towards anyone else’s opinions about the way you lived your lives.
Who will you become when you stop caring about what others think of you?
What shall I call you?
You can call me Georgia.
With many names but one inner view,
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Christina Rasmussen is the creator and founder of The Life Reentry Institute, Second Firsts, and Star Letters, and the host of the Dear Life Podcast. Christina is on a crusade to help millions of people rebuild, reclaim, and relaunch their lives using the power of their own minds. Christina’s work has been featured on ABC News, NPR, The White House Blog, and MariaShriver.com. She is the bestselling author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again, which has also been translated in Chinese and German and just released her second book Where Did You Go on expanding the mind in ways that allows co-creation with the forces of the universe. She is also writing her first work of fiction: a science fiction story about a woman on a quest to start over and begin a new life. You can find more information on her website and follow her on FB or Twitter.
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