The Man in the Orange G-String

September 1, 2013 in Fear, Self Love by Jill

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“Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are” – Don Miguel Ruiz

It is ironic how a person’s greatest fear is ultimately to be showing their true, authentic self. From the day we were born, beliefs and attitudes, through our parents, teachers, media and society have been inflicted upon us. We have been raised by them, therefore taken them on as our own. Most people have become fearful to challenge them, as they live them out day by day, just as it is the norm.

Each day we get up, dress in clothes, and follow the same routine, driving to work, following societies expectations about what to say, and how to act. In Australia, the ‘Australian Dream’ exists, where you buy your own land, with your own house and a big backyard. The thing about this dream is it is the ‘Australian dream’ not your dream.

Sometimes people find the courage to not even consider what other people think. Just yesterday at a camp site with over 50 other campers, a gentleman went beyond the norm. He walked around, visible to others, in only a fluoro orange G-string putting on display his beans and sausages along with his tanned behind.

At first I had a chuckle, laughing at him, and judging him. It was only my own fear that judged him for being different. Once I became aware of my judgements they dissipated, and I was inspired by him. He didn’t get a flying hoot what anybody else thought; he just did what pleased him. That is living!

In your life, when have you gone beyond society’s expectations, and created your own rules in accordance to the real you?

For me, I have walked away from a career not even two years in. I was aware that nursing was not for me very early within my career. I was good at my job, but I felt limited by the rules and conformity of the job. I could have progressed in my career for 10 years, but why wait that long if I knew it was not me?

Making that decision and handing my letter of resignation was one of the most freeing moments of my life. A weight had been removed from my shoulders. I then attempted to start my own business to be my own boss, and set me own rules. However, after spending 6 months setting up the business we decided to travel indefinitely, which was exactly what I wanted to do. In hindsight, the business I was starting up was not really me either, it was just a good idea to make money, and therefore fit in.

I love to explore, I love to learn, I love the outdoors and I love adventures. I love the freedom of limited responsibilities, freedom to do whatever I like during the day, and being free of society’s expectations. That is why I am currently travelling. I am not saying travelling is the answer for you, but for me right now, it makes my heart sing.

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Truthfully, when I returned from Hawaii last year to spend 3 months in Perth I struggled. I cried on numerous occasions, feeling weighed down my conforming again to the life I once had.

When I do the things I love, I feel alive. The key is getting in tune with your truth, your authentic self. You will need to quieten your mind, as your mind is only full of your conditioning and limiting beliefs. The greatest power of you lies within, so tap into it today! Take a leap of faith! And just do it! The hardest part is taking that first step, but it is worth it one hundred times over. Take action now, not tomorrow or next year, take action now!

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