Last night I attended another evening with Soar Collective and once again was treated to an inspirational guest speaker.
Lynne Makings had already completed a 30 year teaching career and was enjoying retirement when she realised that as lovely as retirement was, it wasn’t nourishing her and that she needed to do more. All her life Lynne had embraced the opportunities that came her way and as a result her life had been rich in experiences, interests and connections.
Throughout her life Lynne had, to use her word, ‘dabbled’ in art however she never considered herself to be an artist. This was about to change however when she realised that art was her calling at this and it was time to learn more. With practice, tuition and guidance, the artist in Lynne definitely emerged as she went on to gain recognition as an artist, winning a number of art awards: the time had definitely had come to ‘own’ being an artist.
Her artistic journey did not stop there, as Lynne has gone on to form the art collective group Shac Ballarat to inspire others to follow their dreams of being an artist. Shac has regular exhibitions of its members work and regardless of their artistic status, members are encouraged to ‘hang’ their work and in doing so it allows them to ‘own’ being an artist.
The concept of ‘owning it’ is a really important one for us all.
When you own an experience, you embrace it regardless of whether the outcome is positive or negative.
It’s yours to play, shape and mould as you desire and see fit.
To take it a step further, when you accept and embrace your achievements, faults, imperfections, skills, talents, strengths, weakness, fears and desires, and live the life that is authentic for you without regrets or apologies, not worried by what others think, not only are you ‘owning it’, you are honouring your uniqueness and you are OWNING YOURSELF.
It’s not about putting yourself on a platform and thinking you’re better than others. Instead it’s about being imperfectly human, honest about your achievements and imperfections and not trying to hide them, being true to yourself and feeling comfortable enough to be ‘YOU’.
Our environment, culture, religion, race, family, and education all play a part in shaping who we are. For some people it can be difficult to be comfortable enough to ‘own it’ in the world that they are part of, particularly if that world is very restrictive and being your unique ‘you’ is discouraged and perhaps not even allowed.
When you own it or yourself, you are in the driver seat of what happens next. It allows you to take responsibility for your situation at any time.
For example, if you find yourself in a situation that has you feeling stressed, overwhelmed or fearful of, when you ‘own it’ you acknowledge what you are feeling and are then able to ask yourself what is it that you need to do differently so that feelings you are experiencing are able to be released.
‘Owing it’ empowers you to take action in a way that is authentic and right for you. There no doubt will be times when owning it will take courage to do what is right for you however when you do, it will open the way for you to be authentic as to who you are, what you want and what you have to offer the world.
I’ve shared this poem before : it’s one of my favourites and I think sums up well the concept of OWNING IT.
Today you are You, that is truer than you.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the one who’ll decide where to go.
– Dr Seuss
Until next time, wishing you a day of love, laughter and owning it!
Joanna J x