Yesterday I was listening to Nicole Antoinette’s Real Talk Radio interview with Jamie Greenwood. I would recommend listening to the whole thing, but one thing that had me reaching for my notebook was when Jamie said:
It’s an exciting way to live when we can begin to back off from the rules that we hold so tight.
It made me thing about the rules that I used to hold so tight, but found peace and freedom in letting go.
Here are some of my rules and beliefs that I’ve rejected. What are some of yours?
I need to leave a gap of four hours between eating things.
I should not eat sugar.
I can’t let people see me cry.
I can’t wear brown with blue.
I can’t do a social thing without putting on make up.
I can’t have fun without drinking alcohol.
Being unable to hold a tune means I can never sing around other people.
My hips are too wide to wear skinny jeans / tight skirts / dresses that aren’t nipped in at the waist.
I’m too short not to wear heels.
My face is too round to have short hair.
I need to make everybody like me.
I need to keep my house really tidy.
I need to do things I’m uncomfortable with so that other people don’t think I’m boring.
I need to choose whether I have plenty of money or do a job that I care about and that helps other people.