It’s National Coming Out day… a day we set aside to acknowledge what it takes to find and live our own True path.
It’s about looking yourself in the eye and asking the really tough questions of “Who am I — really?” and “What do I need — really?”
It’s about sticking with yourself long enough to hear your own honest answers, even as a soloist in very real danger of being drowned out by a chorus of disapproval.
It’s about deciding for yourself … for your self … what it means to live an authentic life where your lifestyle matches your soulstyle and your love matches the shape of your heart.
It’s about embracing those who walk with you, and growing compassion for those who don’t (remember how hard you’ve fought your own truth??)
It’s about honoring and celebrating — in every single one of us — the long long long process of self-discovery, self-preservation, and self-expression.
And in some cases it is even about life or death.
If you’re just beginning a coming out process and are too scared to speak your words out loud, then write them down. Whisper them to your journal in the quiet light of morning or the soft embrace of evening. Practice being who you really are in the sacred space of your notebook. Observe yourself in the mirror of your words until you welcome the reflection.
And one day those words will sprout the courage you need to step out as The Real You. (I know this works — just ask my journals … and my wife of 16 years).
So on this National Coming Out Day, I celebrate you… and you… and you over there waaay in the back… I celebrate you for every step you (have) take(n) in your own footprints.
Here’s to living out loud … at any volume.
Creative expression is a powerful way to get to The Real You. I’d be honored to support your self-discovery process through creativity coaching. Contact me to experience a sample coaching session and step into stepping out!