Finding support in unexpected places
When I told the world what my dream was, I was terrified.
I expected people to laugh at me (at least behind my back) and to question why I wanted to give up my seemingly perfect corporate life. I was so scared of what people would think of me when I revealed my genuine desires that I braced for a jarring impact.
But that rude awakening never came. And what I discovered instead is that people actually want the best for me. They want to see me light up when I am talking about my dream because passion is contagious. When a person finds what lights their soul on fire, it casts a beautiful glow on everyone around them.
Since telling the world what I truly want, I’ve received more love and support than I ever could have imagined. Even my parents, who listened apprehensively to the “I’m quitting my job again” speech, were (eventually) supportive.
My favorite part about this whole journey, however, has been the texts and Instagram messages that I receive from people who I haven’t talked to in years. There’s no better feeling than hearing that “although we haven’t seen each other since high school, what you are doing is really inspiring me.”
The support often comes from people I would have never expected it from. I once posted a rather vulnerable picture of my “I AM ENOUGH” sign that I have in my bathroom next to the mirror. I was shocked when a gruff cowboy that I used to go to school with replied and said he has the same exact message on a sticky note on his bathroom mirror.
It’s these moments of genuine human connection that make fully revealing myself to the world worth it. The more I am willing to peel back the layers, to show people what truly makes me come alive, the deeper I can connect with those around me.
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” -Neil Gaiman