“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
When I learned this concept, I breathed a sigh of relief. I remember thinking, all these years that I felt like the “odd one”, it actually is a empowering quality.
My kids still refer to me affectionately as a hippie I suppose that came from sending them to a Steiner school whilst living in a very conservative small country town, this was looked at as rather odd. However I made that choice because I hadn’t had a great experience of our public education system and I wanted my kids to know it is important to think for themselves and have dreams and go after them.
As you can imagine I soon stopped being asked out to the usual woman’s luncheons and evening dinner parties which to be honest rather pleased me as I found it very tedious sitting around with a bunch of woman talking about their material wealth, I would rather know what they really thought or better still how they felt about important topics like how can we positively affect the world.
Going through my personal development exercise recently I realised that leaving the herd not only meant not being influenced and buying into the group mentality by hanging out with people who consider me a rebel, it is also about leaving behind my own limiting beliefs.
Beliefs that I have been living by that no longer serve me and that are holding me back from being the woman I choose to be.
This was a revelation and I almost feel like I’m busting out of chains that have been weighing me down for a very long time, very freeing indeed.
I happy to say that I no longer look at being “odd” in a negative way, I also don’t consider myself a hippie, I see myself more as an empowered entrepreneur who has her heart set on being all she can be to make a difference and support others on their individual journey.
Are you hiding in the herd? I would love to here how this resonates or not, with you.