Several months ago I watched an online conversation unfold about somebody famous doing something no one ever thought they’d do – not something bad, just creatively different and unlikely or unexpected. People seemed to be up in arms that this somebody dared be more of their whole and authentic self. Apparently the general public didn’t get nor like that memo. It tried to box this person in. Silly, silly public.
Why are we surprised when people show us the variety and versatility of their gifts and talents and abilities? We are not one sided. We are not one trick ponies. We are multi-faceted. We exhibit the finger print of God in many ways. We show more of who we are and how we lean into being our whole selves. Perhaps that is what surprises people.
We reveal in depths of wonder that were woven into our being long before we came to be. Our most authentic self shows up. The world simply sees the product of our chipping away at the marbled rock of our lives. Little by little, chip by chip, carving by carving we unveil how we are fearfully, wonderfully, uniquely, and authentically made. More often than not, the world is quick to judge what it sees. It’s as though the world, and sometimes close friends and family, assumed it had some weight of decision in you being all you. Fortunately, none of us has to subscribe to what other people think about who we really are. We get to choose what we believe, affirm, and confirm about ourselves first!
Maybe we have marveled previously because we pegged one another as only being capable of one thing, one gift, one idea, or one way of being. But ponder with me. What if there are great and mighty works breathing in the pores of our skin, in the nooks and crannies of our souls? Perhaps we would surprise ourselves at what we are capable of doing because we were designed to do those things. That is our most authentic self rising up. I believe we all carry hidden and beautiful depths, and the longer we live, the more we discover. The more we throw off fakery and pretense.
So give yourself permission to explore. Allow you to surprise yourself. Don’t despise your small beginnings down the “authentic you” lane. And try not to compare your being to someone else’s.
You go be you. All you. Even when that looks different from what even you are used to, still be all you. It will be beautiful to behold.