Be Your Outrageous Self

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
― Marilyn Monroe

 

I know I’ve shared this inspiring quote before but I love what Marilyn Monroe says within it. It feels like it is giving you permission to be imperfect, mad as a hatter, and deliciously ridiculous! Not that we need permission but some of us feel like we do, I know I have in the past.

 

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Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow

 

How about you, do you feel like you need permission to be your outrageous self? My hope for you is that you will find that this is a lively and lovely place for you to be yourself; to be silly or serious, to be outrageous or quiet – to be simply you or to discover who you really are and be you fully and completely.

 

 

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
― Judy Garland

 

I have struggled with this one most of my life. Torn between wanting to please, wanting to be me, not knowing who I am because others were so afraid of me being different and shining my own light that they stomped it out, or nearly did. Now I do my best to shine my light and shine the light within.

A poem prompted from Lisa Reiter -Sharing the Story.

Discovery

Dancing into the light of being
discovering who I am
deep inside

discovering the past can’t be left in the past
not truly
it sits there festering waiting to ooze out
it waits to sabotage and tear the wounds open
again and again

discovering only light is the answer
loving, healing light
shining it in every corner
in every secret place

discovering the light can heal those torn places
those festering places

shining the light

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I hope you have the courage to shine the light within. What corners do you need to shine the light to allow for healing? Do you have something you’ve been avoiding or wanting to do and letting fear get in the way?

 

Free write for ten minutes about being yourself, where the light needs to shine so that you can be yourself.

 

This isn’t about sharing here, or even sharing on your blog. It is about exploring your writing and journal writing and how it can help release your words for healing and for your stories (Of course you are free to share what you write on your blog if you choose to).

It is about writing through recovery. Recovery from childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect as a child. I kept hearing that it was in the past, I needed to just let it go. Well if it were that easy I would have released it years ago, as you would have as well. But I have discovered that there is more to it. We need to understand and most important we need to learn to love ourselves. We need to do whatever it takes to be able to, once and for all, heal the old wounds so that we can be who we are, who we were meant to be.

It’s time to heal what is holding you back.

I survived, I’m learning to thrive. We can do this together.

Inspiring music to dance to before and after your writing.

 

PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow: Writing rebel, stress relief explorer, recovering perfectionist, cooking as therapy, poet & author  that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.
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8 thoughts on “Be Your Outrageous Self

  1. Hi Morgan, when I was ill, I used all sorts of healing visualisations involving light. I breathed in light and I shone light in all the dark places hunting out known and unknown cancer cells. I lay in the sun and imagined its rays going right through me taking all the badness and burying the in the Earth – for she could deal with it. – The metaphors in here are very powerful for me as you might therefore imagine! First it was cancer and now it is about behaviours and self development.
    Thank you for sharing with my little memoir prompt. In many ways these metaphors also apply to the self-discovery made through writing memoir, which is why I am becoming such an evangelist about it!
    Much love
    Lisa xx

    • I love that you did visualizations to help yourself during your healing process! I wouldn’t call your #BiteSizeMemoir “little memoir prompt” when it evokes so much in me and in others. You have a gift in helping others, don’t make light of it. And my poem was all about writing memoir, getting our stories onto the page (shining light) and out of the dark. Thank you Lisa, for all that you do.

  2. For so long, I thought I was at the root of all my shadowed places…I didn’t call what I lived through abuse.

    Knowing it and naming it helped. Blame wouldn’t, so I keep my focus on healing, these days, and on protecting myself and my beloveds with love nd kindness and distance where we need it…

    Lovely prompt, lovely poem, lovely message.

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