“These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.” -– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is fear holding you back from living your fullest life and being truly self expressed? Put yourself in the shoes of the you who’s already lived your dream and write out the answers to the following:
Is the insecurity you’re defending worth the dream you’ll never realize? or the love you’ll never venture? or the joy you’ll never feel?
Will the blunder matter in 10 years? Or 10 weeks? Or 10 days? Or 10 minutes?
Can you be happy being anything less than who you really are?
Now Do. The Thing. You Fear.
The voices I hear in solitude do disappear as I enter the world. But, it is not society that conspires against me, it is I. It is my own fear that paralyzes my freedom; my own apprehensive thoughts that will not let me dare to live my dream; my panicked thoughts of being too weak and insecure keeping me from moving out of my cocoon.
Is it worth it? How could not being your true self ever be worth it. There is nothing more to discuss on that topic.
Will it matter? Of course it matters. It matters every moment of every day. It consumes my very being. It obsesses every thought. I will never be happy being this person I am today. I can only hope and pray that one day I will find the strength to be the real me and not live behind the mask I have been wearing for as long as I can remember. I can only dream that one day I will set myself free.