No, really. I'm too smart for my own good sometimes. I take the use of my logical brain to new heights only to find I've over-engineered something that didn't need to be complicated at all. Like packing for my recent trip to Awesomeness Fest, for example.
I'm gonna just own up & admit it. I'm a nerd. Or maybe a geek. I don't know. What do you call a girl who has a tracking system for every hotel, airline, & department store reward point she's ever earned; knows to the penny (and by denomination) how much found money she's collected over the last 7 years; & has a borderline obsession about all things Wonder Woman? I'll leave the label up to you. In my book…that's just a day in the life of being me.
In my head this meant absolutely, positively NOT being a freak & dressing like Wonder Woman. Period.
I got to the event and wore my nice, normal island attire. Long flowy sun dresses, cute shorts, a killer hat, & low key tank tops over my American flag bikini.
But there was one piece of Wonder Woman attire that was too cute to leave at home…an AMAZING bikini a friend had found & sent to me because she said is practically shouted my name. It had made the trip…but every time I opened the drawer & looked at it I thought, "No. I can't. I gotta be normal."
Ugh. Normal is so overrated.
Thankfully, with every speaker I heard, person I met, & conversation I had, I felt my guard drop & my need to be normal subside. With every passing moment, I was a little more myself…and no one seemed to mind.
The whole event was unlike anything I'd ever been to before (& I've made a career out of going to events like this!). I was DYING to talk to the founder, Vishen Lakhiani-- CEO of Mindvalley, to thank him for creating something so amazing. But of course, so was everyone else.
Visionaries can be tough to talk to when everyone wants a minute of their time. But I wanted to try. And try, I did. And try. And try…
I tried about four times to approach Vishen to chat. But I could never quite get his attention or somehow got beat to the punch by someone with something brilliant to say. Bleh.
So finally, I gave up the idea that I could be cool enough or interesting enough to get his attention. Instead, I decided to just relax, have fun, & enjoy the amazing conversations I was having with the people who surrounded me.
AND…I decided it was high time to bring a little Wonder Woman to the event (since being cool wasn't my top concern anymore).
The cruise & open-water frolicking as we joined up with the 3 other boats in our party were epic. Floating drink trays, dancing, singing, laughing…a day I will never forget. But not because of the dancing, singing, laughing, & floating drink trays (although those will now be required at all pool parties I throw or attend). It's because of what happened when we got on the boat to go home.
I was feeling REALLY good (and so ME in my WW bikini). So good, in fact, that I started dancing to the happy music playing on the boat (pretending for a second that I wasn't practically naked in front of all these powerful people I had so desperately wanted to impress a hot second ago). I was in my own little world when a voice behind me said, "Where did you get that swimsuit?! I have to get one for every girl on the team…maybe the guys too!"
Guess who else has a bit of a Wonder Woman obsession?! Yep...Vishen!!
And so we got to chat for a bit about Wonder Woman (turns out there is a mannequin dressed in a Wonder Woman outfit in Mindvalley's HQ…perhaps a pilgrimage/adventure to Malaysia is in my future?!) & the amazing Christine Chang took some pictures of us laughing & sharing a moment about our love of super heroes.
I had to get metaphorically (and almost ACTUALLY) naked. Scary to say the least…but also very worth it when you know it is the REAL you someone wants to connect with, not an over-thought, over-engineered version of who you thought you were supposed to be.
You know that old advice about imagining the audience is naked when you have nerves about speaking in front of people? Well…maybe we've had it wrong all along. Maybe WE need to be naked to truly connect. Authentically ourselves, quirks and all. Unafraid to let our freak flags fly & proudly proclaim, "I love myself, I love myself, I love myself!"
- Where are you over-thinking & over-engineering who you think you're "supposed to be" instead of just being who you really are?
- What's something quirky, unique, or surprising you can start sharing about the REAL YOU?
- What's the thing you are willing to risk getting naked for?