Good Morning Monday!
There is a chapter in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic called Nobody’s Thinking About You. It is just over a page and its message is simple. Stop comparing yourself. Stop worrying about what anyone else is thinking about what you’re doing. Just do you.
I read this chapter and stopped. I was filled with a sense of relief that I wanted to sit with for a moment. My mind started to think statements like “she is so right” and “you have to stop comparing yourself”. And then it started asking questions like “how can you actually do this” and “is it really true that nobody is thinking of me.”
I read the chapter again and still felt relief. Her words were helping to free a part of me that is too scared to fail, and that is too busy comparing myself that I never truly put myself out there. Do I think that no one is thinking about me? No. I think there are people that do think of me and would be offended by certain behaviors. But, it doesn’t mean I need to stop myself from giving myself fully to a specific project by worrying about their reaction. I can allow my creativity to take me in a direction that no one ever has to see to help me get to something that I want to share. In other words, I need to stop censoring myself because I am making assumptions about how other people will react, as those people may surprise me.
Free yourself this week from the pressure of others opinions. It is my wish for us all!