"The purpose of life is self expression" - Oscar Wilde
I absolutely love shows like American Idol, The Greatest Dancer, The Voice; the shows where contestants are all really amazing. Do you know why? It’s because I’m in awe of the people and the things they can do that I can’t. The way they make their voices work for them and their bodies move. But also the bravery and the freedom they have to do those things so openly and honestly. It’s amazing.
I’m known for being a bit of an extrovert, no inhibitions, try anything kind of person. And I used to believe that about myself too, that I had no fears. But it’s not true. My family see my true inner self, the sides that I don’t always show in public. We all have that part of us, it’s human nature. Something we don’t show others because we’re afraid of judgement.
Self expression isn’t about a lack of fear, it’s about feeling that fear and doing it anyway. THAT’S what I love about those shows I watch. You can see it happening within those contestants. You can watch on their faces the moment fear and anxiety turns to acceptance, turns to freedom and joy. Because it always does. When we’re true to ourselves, when we find our way for self expression, when we say “no” to the fear that holds us back; that’s when we unleash our whole selves on the world, and when we feel fantastic for doing so.
This week is Children's Mental Health Week, and the theme is Express Yourself. There are so many ways we can express ourselves. We can choose movement, music, writing and any other number of ways. How we express ourselves, how we show the world who we are, is only limited by our imagination. Fear is temporary, the joy we get from being ourselves is endless.
In today's newsletter we'll look at a range of people from different walks of life who all embody self expression. Maybe they'll ignite a little spark deep inside that will give you the confidence to unleash your inner self.
How do you and your children express yourselves? We’d love to know.
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