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Hello, awesome friend in my head. I'm Ahyiana Angel and you are listening to the Quit Playing Small podcast. Your space for inspired thinking, encouragement, and good old goodness. Welcome. I hope you're ready to get into it.
Has anybody ever told you that they appreciate you for exactly who you are, your quirks and all? Hmm. It's funny because sometimes that's a compliment that we rarely hear, but I think it's very important for us to embrace the beauty of being unique. Despite being created to be unique, that is from our personality to our fingerprints.
Most of us eventually find ourselves conforming to an idea of sameness. Why do we do that? I think it's because standing out makes us feel different. It makes us feel othered. It makes us feel like maybe an outsider and a lot of times that's not how we wanna feel, especially when we were younger. And when you're younger, that's when so many of your ideas are developed, or social conditioning is developed.
And in your youth, it feels like a disaster to be different, to stand out. Ugh. That's the dreaded thing, right? We all at some point longed to blend in. However, as an adult, different can be a really good thing when it comes to making your mark in life. Think about some of your favorite people, some of your favorite entertainers, some of your favorite artists, some of your favorite people to engage with in real life.
A lot of them have some quirks about them. Something that makes them interesting to you. Think about what those things are. Also, think about what makes you interesting to other people. What are some of your differences? Differences can give you an absolute advantage. So hold on to what makes you unique.
Hold on to what makes you different. Hold on to what makes you stand out. It's your strength. I encourage you to embrace the beauty of being unique and of being different. I want you to think differently. I want you to move differently. I want you to express differently. I want you to engage differently.
It's easier than trying to blend in because the way that you do it is going to feel authentic to you and to the people you're engaging with. What you put out into the world is going to feel so good because it is uniquely you. Explore the opportunity of being unique. When I say explore the opportunity of being unique, I mean that there is opportunity in being unique.
There are certain things that only you can do it the way that you do it. Only you can present it the way that you present it. Only you can create the experience for somebody the way that you create the experience. So there's opportunity in that. Take that opportunity. You have to recognize it though in order to be able to take the opportunity.
Your path is uniquely your path. Allow yourself to roam through that path. Allow yourself to explore your uniqueness. Allow others to indulge in your uniqueness, it'll probably net some results that you didn't even expect. Some goodness will come to you because they'll feel your energy, your positive energy in your comfort in bringing your full self to the forefront.
Quirks and all.
And as I'm thinking about it, you know, it's funny because so many people claim to want to be different and unique, yet they only wanna stand out just a little bit. They only wanna be different, just a little bit, not too much. Because the people who really stand out for their differences in their uniqueness, in their quirks, sometimes they get judged.
Because people don't get it and don't understand it. But then once people get it and understand it, they're celebrated. They get all the accolades for being amazing, forward-thinking, creators, , innovative, but sometimes it takes people a minute to get on board. So while I'm sharing this with you, just know that it may not always be comfortable to be different and stand out. I wanna add that in there because while it may feel good to you, because you're being authentic to yourself, there may be a flip side to that because people don't get it. But it's okay cuz this is your journey. And sometimes they'll catch up and sometimes they'll get it and sometimes they won't.
Or sometimes you'll have a very small group of people, and community who really appreciate and understand and get it, they get you. And that is golden right there. You don't need everybody to get you and understand it and appreciate your quirks. You just need your people. You just need your people.
Let me tell you. I know I have my quirks about me, and that's something that I realized later on in life. I know that I could be goofy. I know that there are some things that I do that somebody else will be like, girl, but it's me. And I feel like I found my people. And you all, because you show up, you kick it with me, you allow me to bring my full self to the spaces that I show up in.
And I'm just grateful for that cuz that takes, um, some vulnerability too. And that's not always easy. So just be prepared that when you quit playing small, there's different layers that you have to reveal about yourself. And they may not always feel comfortable, but as long as you're being authentic, I feel like you will reap the rewards in the long run.
Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I'm hoping that the rest of your day is filled with positivity. I'm sending you big virtual hugs and love, and I hope that you embrace the beauty of being uniquely you. I look forward to spending time with you again soon, and as always, be well.
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