My friend invited me to their grandparents farm house for Sunday lunch. I must have been 13 at the time so I was quite excited. After eating, his grandfather asked if I wanted to see the animals he had. I really wanted to say “no I’ll pass”, as the only animals I was into was my cat and those on the Nandos menu! But since I wanted to stay looking interested I said “yess, sureee!” With an awkward smile. Walking towards the back door he threw what seemed to be size 15 wellies. At this point I’m rolling my eyes in my mind every 10 seconds.
So we’re now outside looking at these animals in the smelly cold. Yes I said smelly cold! Walking around he was telling me different stories and facts about the animals. I must say I was impressed by how much he could reel off about each animal. And there was one ‘fact’ he told me that stuck to this day! As we stood amongst the chickens he reached down and picked up an egg. He explained how delicate eggs are. “If an unhatched egg is broken from the outside in you could kill or injure the life inside” Placing the egg back down he said that’s why it’s important to keep the eggs in a safe unrestricted place to protect it from crushing. This instantly struck a chord with me! An egg carrying a chicken might never reach its full potential, it might never be able to spread its wings or have the chance to walk amongst the straws if its not in the right environment. Its environment has crushed its shell. Think about it. We all have our potential restrictions which vary depending on when and where you’re born. This could be your skin colour, social status, education, age, gender identity or sexual preference. I say that to say this, don’t let the world around you to destroy the world within you.
We lose so much when we trade in authenticity for social approval. We lose our true self and in turn the world loses the contribution we can make to it. I’ve found it takes a lot of energy to police our every word and action. When I stopped playing the role I thought was expected of me and started to free, free to live, free to dream, free to discover, free to be right, free to be wrong! The letting go and being unleashed a level of creativity and drive I hadn’t yet tapped into. So, what’s been restricting you? What have you allowed to hold back the full you?
From One Discovering Soul To Another – I hope we continue to hatch all what’s within!:)