Creating a life inspired: Celebrate Your Beast!

Post by Alanna Jane for the Love for Love series.

Creating a life inspired: Celebrate Your Beast!

“Gah! I AM SO …. (fill the blank with your favorite negative judgment) ….”. Yes, well, perhaps you ARE a bit curvy, or have visible scars from cheating death by miracle, or have a few crooked teeth, or are clumsy beyond normal occasion. That’s just the magically real, beautifully flawed, quirky, imperfect and weird YOU!

And, in what way are YOU markedly gifted, in addition to enchantingly different from everyone else? Well, darling, it’s YOUR big life adventure to find out, isn’t it? And to be frank, with all of the masks that you are wearing (in order to help you fit in, protect yourself from becoming too vulnerable and help hide your imperfect truth), how could I possibly help you see it?

“I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions”.
~Augusten Burroughs.

The only possible way that I might be able to actually get to know you would be if you were out there “celebrating your beast”. I mean, how am I supposed to know if you have a beautiful multi-colored tail down to your knees if you keep hiding it in your skirts? And your wings – oh, honey – how lucky are you?? Stop binding them to your back and hiding them under your shirt, as the world REALLY needs to see those babies! You have polka dots? Really? !? Your skin’s actually blue? Awesome! Shout it out to the world!

Just for a moment, imagine that we actually all DID look exactly like Barbie & Ken. And, suppose that all of us Barbies could only grow bleach blonde hair and stand on our very tippy-toes (unseen anyway due to our outrageous proportions). Imagine if the only car available for sale was a sparkly-pink convertible, and we only had the option to ever date and/or marry one guy – Ken. In a word: CREEPY.

Whatever it is that you happen to be good at amazing-at-without-really-trying, THAT is what you are here to share. No matter how idiosyncratic or ‘uncool’ your talents, no matter how different your type of beauty, these are a treasure that has been saved just for you. So why do all keep trying so hard to measure up to such narrow (and mainly unachievable) standards?

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”.
~Maya Angelou

In a world where the greater societal push and zillions of dollars in advertising all ceaselessly advocate unachievable uniformity, it can be intimidating to take off your masks and show up with your tail hanging out, your wings spread wide and your blue skin shining brightly in the sun for all to see. In the same way, it might feel almost down-right-wrong the first time you charge someone real money to do that one weird and uncool thing you do effortlessly….

But WOW – that’s freedom!! Plus, as an extra bonus, embracing your authentic self is far better armor than any mask you could have ever devised.

Personally, I have the heart and fire of a dragon in the body of a woman. While my skin is shiny white with freckles, my hair is beach-wavy brown and in the right light you can see the entire vastness of the ocean in my eyes – I am equally fierce and filled with unquenchable passion. The fire within me burns brightest when either creating or delivering hope to those who need it most.

How do I know? I was put up against a series of incredibly difficult trials and stripped me bare until that’s all there was left. Then, I inadvertently realized that I was happier than I had ever been before in my life.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Now, although my beast IS a bit over-the-top, there is no reason that you need go to these extremes to tickle yours out from under your skin and befriend her(him). In fact, if you want to take things a might cautiously, I recommend welcoming your beast out into the real world in the comfort of your own home. I hear that they really like jumping on the bed …. or perhaps that’s just my dragon.

Alanna Jane is a potter, agent of inspirational change, guardian sculptor, whole-hearted life lover, glass & pebble mosaic artistan, knitter, dreamer, beadwork artisan, felted handbag designer, craftswoman, world traveler, bookworm, possibilitarian, and completely full of joy despite facing many extraordinary challenges, traumas and becoming disabled over 4 years ago. Later this week, her brand-new website “Creating a Life Inspired: A beacon of light for those lost in the dark” is to be launched. In it, she tells her heart-wrenching story over 17 posts, hosts a library of resources essential for personal growth, trauma relief and learning to fall head-over-heels in love with yourself, plus opens the floor up to anyone willing to bravely share their stores too. Stay tuned HERE for info and announcements!

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