We all back down at times - from humility, martyrdom, lack of self-confidence, or self preservation. The spotlight is both desirable and dangerous. Being visible makes you strong, but also vulnerable. I do tend to prefer the shadows to leaping into the spotlight. It is easier to slip along in the long grass with the cats than risk your skin by joining the lions roaring on the hilltop.. where the hunters can see you.
It got me thinking about something I wrote about a year ago, about rights. I went and hunted it out, gave it a dust off and edit..
This morning a thought dawned on me - one way or the other, my whole life,
people have been telling me I "had no right".
I had no right to believe I was important in God's eyes because I didn't do "this" or believe "that"...
I had no right to my country of birth because it wasn't my ancestral homeland.
I had no right to my ancestral homelands because none of them are my place of birth.
I had no right to say what I thought on certain topics because
I didn't have the "right" qualifications.
I had no right to speak or be in some places because I was the wrong age,
colour, gender, religion..
I had no rights...
..and eventually you start believing them.
You start buying into this narrow little world where only those with "the right" can have an opinion, have that job, live in that place or be themselves.
* GARBAGE! *
(*insert stronger word of
You are YOU because God/Goddess/Creator made you that way.
You are meant to be YOU.
You have the right to be YOU,
and speak YOU,
and think YOU.
No-one has "the right" to ever take YOU away from you.
Just be YOU,
rejoice in YOU,
and enjoy sharing the wonder of discovering the unique and different versions of YOU in everyone around you.
ok, getting off soapbox now..