I remember always doing stuff to fit in when I was a kid - sitting on my hand, to hide my love of learning, in the classroom so I wouldn't raise my hand or the ire of my classmates , trying so hard during family gatherings to be "good' when I just wanting to run wild, euphoric because we rarely had visitors, and living vividly in my head where I boldly beamed my way forward because I was so afraid to be big.
A strange bird, indeed, when I only saw my true irrepressible self through the eyes of others.
And yet, when I unmummified by strangeness did I find that there was a space in the world that only I could fill. I may be strange and yet, people love me for it. I also found that by living my whole self, and acting from that solid place, paved the way for others to live their gift fully. Until I did, they lived small waiting for someone to pave the way for them to step into their full expression.
So, if you feel a tugging at the mummy bandaids around who you really are, even though you feel some may say, "hmmm, strange...," I say, "Yeah, be that, do that!" because that is exactly what the world needs.
Changing the world doesn't involve mass change, it only means changing your world by being you, all of you, the normal, the strange, the dark, the light, you know, all of it. It's that simple.
About this photo: I bought this bird from a company called lucy & jo who work with women in impoverished, remote Eastern African villages to help provide some income, keep their kids in school, and help operate an orphanage. I may never meet "Jane," the artist who made this bird, but am connected with her talent from the moment of delight when when I laid eyes on it.