Don’t Be Afraid to Shine

Fear of giving speeches. A baby step for me is reading something I wrote. Today is a first, I am including audio for this short piece.

Don’t be afraid to shine. You were born to sparkle. Refuse to let them hide your light. Be brave. Be bold.

Sometimes you will be your own biggest obstacle. Have faith in yourself and your own abilities. Do the things you love with joy.

Face your fears. I’m not talking rational fears (like bears if you live in the woods). Take on the fears that are limiting your life. Work through them, keep moving forward.

How many of your life’s obstacles are in your own mind? When you say “I can’t” have you given the problem everything you have or did you half ass it? Don’t tell me, be honest with yourself.

Don’t let your dreams die. Be who you want to be. Step by step, piece by piece, and bit by bit. Sometimes the foundations come together slowly, brick by brick.

It’s hard work, gradual work, building a person, but you have a choice in who you want to be.

Build yourself up strong, build yourself up happy. Build yourself out of your hopes and goals. Be yourself and love yourself.

Stop worrying about what people think. If you don’t, it will in-prison you.

Don’t let the haters and the neigh-sayers bring you down. They don’t know what you’re capable of.

While you’re out in the world, be like a fire spreading your light. Shimmer brightly, burn with passion.

Spread infectious joy into the world. Don’t be afraid to shine.



20 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid to Shine

  1. This is so true. Fear is an obstical that feels extremely hard to get through. It’s something that I face daily when it comes to interacting with others. It terrifies me to speak to new people for fear of not being liked or fear of the way they perceive me. There’s so much more that I could add. But won’t because if I did this would read more as a blog post rather than a comment

  2. Thank you for such lovely words. One of the things that helped me most in my journey with autism was to realise that there isn’t a “them”. There are no haters and neighsayers. There are just people. People I connect with and people I misread.

    Generally speaking if someone is difficult towards me, it’s feedback – feedback telling me that I’m doing something they don’t like. That doesn’t make it wrong. But if they don’t like it, I should work out how to do things differently.

    Greatest truth I learned is that By default, have no enemies, other than myself. The only enemies I do have are those I cause.

    Well done for beginning to find your vouce

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