I've been talking and thinking a lot about my inner critic. That little voice that says you won't make it, you can't wear that. Why would anyone listen to you? What have you got that's worthwhile to say. I call it negative self talk, because that is what it is. Negative. Rarely fuelled with anything loving or supportive. It's the ego keeping us safe, comfortable. But if I stayed in a that comfortable place I would have stayed in Australia, never travelled, never pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Not to say that you have to move country or travel etc to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but we all have different comforts. Different safe places.
That inner critic wants me to be like everyone else, because that's safe. That's normal. No one will notice me. I won't stand out. But guess what it's too late. I stand out. I'm not skinny, I often wear sunglasses on my head (even when it's raining), I like to laugh, I talk about sex, I can be a quirky dresser. The list goes on. But guess what? Normal is a farce. We all have our own wonderful rich histories. They make us great company. They make us who we are. It doesn't mean that we aren't all able to 'fit' in. But fitting in, isn't being about being someone else. It's about similar interests. Similar values. Similar histories.
I am a woman. I am an entrepreneur. I am strong. I am proud. I love myself. I have a voice. I defy you inner critic. I am proud of my scars, my stretch marks, my rolls of fat, my wrinkles, my mistakes, my joys, my friends, my family, my past, my future and the person I am and who I will become.
I'll be writing more posts on the inner critic, including how to disrupt it.
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