‘In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.’
– Bruce Lee
Held-back. Censored. Silenced. All self-imposed, but nevertheless, three words that so accurately describe my persona. Not brave enough to have my own opinions or go against the grain, too concerned with putting someone’s nose out of joint or not being liked, too worried about what my peers may think or say about me.
I’ve spent a lifetime out of focus, doubting whether people want to hear what I have to say, too afraid to take centre stage. Where has this got me? Nowhere – at least not where I want to be.
Even as I write this, I’m questioning whether people care or if they’ll just think I’ve gone crazy – but thats OK, I’m beginning to be at peace with that. I don’t need any sympathy – this isn’t a cry for attention – it’s a moment of realisation, a self-awakening.
Be your own person. Have an opinion. Empty the cup.