‘I get told I’m ‘too much.’ I can’t whisper. I laugh at my own jokes. I suck at keeping plans, and I spend more money than I save. But all of these things make me, ME.’: Woman urges ‘stop letting people extinguish what sets your soul on fire’

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“I found this picture of myself and thought, ‘JEEZE. I am too much.’ It’s a comment I get a lot. People say things like ‘who do you think you are’ and ‘you are too much for me.’ It is probably because…

I can’t whisper.

I am so freaking loud that I get told by total strangers to lower my voice. But, I cannot help it. I physically am unable to whisper. The quiet gene just did not get into my DNA.

I laugh at my own jokes. Out loud. Shoulders shaking. Pee your pants laugh.

I don’t return most text or phone calls until 3 days later and I suck at keeping plans. I can be a total sketch.

I’m super dramatic. If the situation is at a 3/10 I can easily take it to a 10/10 in seconds. I can elaborate a story with the best of them. I swear I should have been on Broadway.

I am a diva at times. I like fake eyelashes, fake nails, and a fake tan. I like what I like and am pretty unapologetic about it.

I spend more money than I save. Target, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods are my jam and personal haven.

Starbucks coffee tastes better than coffee at home and I spend a fortune on iced vanilla lattes with caramel drizzle.

I will spend 300.00 dollars at the grocery store just to hit up the drive-thru at Little Caesar’s pizza because I am too worn out from shopping to cook dinner.

Without fail, my romaine lettuce for my ‘I’m gonna start on Monday’ diet goes bad in my refrigerator before I even eat one salad.

You get it. I have flaws and imperfections.

I’m not perfect, far from it, but I’m honest about the things that make me, ME.

Society spends a great deal of time telling us how to be a less loud version of ourselves.

You will be told you are too honest. Too real. Don’t talk about that, people cannot know what you are really feeling.

You will be told to fit in or normalize. You may be told your dreams are silly or stupid. You may be taunted, laughed at, or mocked for stepping out of what is ‘expected of you.’

Sorry not sorry, but you can’t confine me to a box and girl, you shouldn’t either! You have a light that is too bright to be hidden. The world may want to squeeze you into a box but I am here to tell you that you will never fit.

You have two choices in life: You can stay exactly where you are because you are afraid of what people will think about you chasing and pursuing what sets your soul on fire OR you can say, to hell with what people think—I am going to chase this dream, work my butt off, and be a more open, raw, authentic, version of MYSELF.

Stop letting people extinguish what sets your soul on fire. Be proud of what makes you standout.

You are uniquely and creatively YOU. The quirks, hiccups, and oddities are all things that make you so freakin’ awesome.

That is something to be celebrated, not just occasionally, but daily.

Think about all the things you could achieve if you let your inner self out and stopped naming all the reasons why you can’t be something.

Literally, nothing could stop you.

So, stop letting society water you down. Own who you are. Be loud about what you believe. Let your passions run wild. Be silly. Be Bold. Be funny. Be the fruity cocktail of crazy beautiful you were intended to be and oh sister, the places you will go.”

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