“Belong so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness– an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching.” – Brené Brown
Last year, I found myself abruptly moving out of an apartment I shared with a partner, and I wondered about my “right next step”. Where did I want my home to be? What did I want to do with my life? Sometimes, it unfolds in ways we don’t or can’t plan for, and we find ourselves in the wilderness. What’s next? Saying the thing that’s on your heart and mind, trusting your gut, or taking bold action. It can feel like panic, panic at being alone. We’re wired for community. But here’s the thing: the more we are willing to stand alone, on a thought or belief or need, the more we trust our internal knowing. The more we trust our life. With each step last year, I was shocked to discover that while I felt panic, on the other side, I also felt a deep sense of calm and peace.
Trust that you know. Trust the wilderness. Do the searching. Go in. You can feel afraid and unsure and it is the richest gift you could give yourself. And oh, is it ever a journey.
These Soulful Sunday blogs go out weekly on Sundays to be used as a place to step back from the hustle and bustle and explore what your soul might be saying to you. Some folks use these as journal prompts and let loose amidst pages. Some folks bring them to the kitchen table and jam over coffee. Do you, boo.