Lean in and hear this whisper shout, kids.
No matter what you've heard all your life, you don't have to play nice.
In fact, you shouldn't.
Niceness is a poison disguised as a sweet drink.
When you gulp it down, it feels good at first, but then it destroys you from the inside out.
It wreaks havoc on healthy boundaries that keep the toxic out and the good in.
It smacks of people-pleasing, wrongly defining your worth by making others happy.
It silences your much-needed voice, one that is oh so valuable.
AND it does not allow you to love well. Period.
Yourself or those around you.
It is SO not good enough for the real, true you, the one who is free to be completely yourself, all that is wild and holy and beautiful and loving.
You know what you can be instead?
Kindness is the real deal. It's the healing elixir in life.
As you sip it slowly, it feels good all the way down, refreshing you from the inside out.
It is a gift, that when received freely is also given openly. It's impossible to keep it to yourself.
It connects you to yourself and to those that come across your path. Like heart-to-heart connection that reminds you that you are not alone and neither are they.
It allows for you to make choices from your truest self, the one that acknowledges your unconditional worth and is glad and free to share.
AND it not ONLY allows you to love well,
Yourself or those around you,
BUT it changes the world one simple act at a time.
It doesn't matter if it's spontaneous.
Or well-planned out.
What matters is that it's good enough for the real, true you, the one who is free to be completely yourself, all that is wild and holy and beautiful and loving.
And there's nothing I want more for you than that!