August 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm #413
What kinds of guilty pleasures do you indulge in to feed your adventurous soul?
Perhaps you’re putting your elbows here on our digital kitchen table after reading that little poke in the ribs about ignoring your inner critic and just doing what you darned well want:
I talked about one of my own guilty pleasures — a t.v. show — and the anxiety I wrestled with worrying about what other people might think if they knew. Here’s a a bit about it in case you missed it:
When did this happen? When did I start caring so much about what other people thought? (Okay, always, and many of us are defininitely burdened with this game). But more importantly, how do I climb off that ride?
I had to really make a point of listening to that little voice, the tiny one drowned out by my inner critic who was standing there on my shoulder with a megaphone next to my ear, shouting out all the reasons it wasn’t cool to be watching this show.
I asked myself: “Does it align with my vision of how things should be? Does it feed something within me that needs to be fed?”
Then quit worrying about what everyone else might think and watch the damned show. Get out of your own way. The little voice just got loud, and I realize I wanted to give it permission to be that way a whole lot more. It was the voice of common sense, and the one that instinctively knows how to be authentic, because that’s how you live a happier life.
Your inner critic can be a real ass sometimes, and it’s astonishing just how much power we give it over our lives. It robs us of the joy of experiences we intuitively know we need to feast on.
While I share the example of a t.v. show, this certainly applies to a whole swath of experiences and adventures we may be yearning to indulge in. The wisdom remains the same: quit worrying about what anyone else might think. Trust your gut, and just do it!
So, what kinds of guilty pleasures do you indulge in to feed your adventurous soul? Put your elbows on the table and let’s chat about it …
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