Live Your Truth.
What the heck does that mean?
It’s such a complicated little sentence because truth (if we are speaking away from any religious principles) ebbs and flows for a person.
When I was eight years old, I wanted to survive on cold bologna sandwiches and hamburger helper until the day I died.
As a high schooler, I was convinced that by the time I reached my twenties, I would be living the high life in New York City on the brink of my first Broadway production.
As a young college student, I had intense disdain for all things that could even remotely be considered lazy, took 18 units a semester, had a part time job, a boyfriend, and an incessant need to do more with my life.
Fresh out of college I had physical and emotional trouble, and ached for socializing as much as possible.
Today I like to run 10Ks, and take naps so I don’t have to talk to anyone.
So when someone tells me to “live my truth” or asks “What do you want?” I sort of cock my head to the side, shrug, and say “I don’t know. Tacos?”
My truth has become tacos.
There has to be a bigger question here.
In all serious, the fact of the matter is that I (like SO many other people out there) adjust their wants and needs based on the expectations of others.
Maybe it’s the recovering Catholic in me, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation:
A: What would you like to do?
B: I don’t know. Whatever you want makes me happy.
A: That’s not what I asked.
B: But that’s my answer.
A: Okay, I want to go watch a movie and eat pizza.
B: Great. I’ll do that with you. That will make me happy. (But I will silently be thinking about how badly I wanted to go to mini-golf and have tacos. I will be distracted all night about it, and then I will start to get passive aggressive, blaming the other person for not knowing my needs that I never asked for in the first place.)
This example is of course on a small scale, but once it becomes a habit, it ends up being applied to the big things in life as well.
THAT stuff is your truth. That is the stardust inside of you that can’t be changed or altered, no matter how hard you try to ignore it. At some point or another, if you ignore it long enough, it’s going to explode out of your face and get all over everyone. You will want to blame everyone who has ever influenced you for the outcome of your life, but the fact of the matter is, you are the only one who has real control of your life!
lets live our truth! Ask yourself what it is inside of you that you NEED to listen to.
Dig. Ask questions. Try different things.
Throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT.
Share the things you discover about yourself. Those who love you will stick around and support these things. Those who don’t will fall away. But it won’t matter because you’re being honest about who you are.
Then put that sh*t into practice. Stop denying yourself and start speaking up.
It may seem trivial, but it actually does help to start by saying:
“I do not want pizza. I want tacos.”
It becomes a habit.
And then you learn how to ask for what you want.
And then you learn how to ask for what you need.
And then you learn how to know what you need, and declare that you’re going to go get it.
And then suddenly, we’re all eating tacos, and EVERYONE is happy.