Just Do You…

just do you

“Just Do You”

I heard a voice that told me I’m essential
How all my fears are limiting my potential
Said it’s time to step into the light and
Use every bit of the power I have inside

So what’chu waiting on
Who You waiting for
If You don’t take a chance You’ll never know what’s in store

Just Do You (Somebody’s got to be a star)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to raise the bar)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to change the game)
Just Do You (Today)

Every mountain needs someone to climb it
Every ocean needs someone to dive in
Every dream needs someone to wish it
Every adventure needs someone to live it

So what’chu waiting on
Who You waiting for
If You don’t take a chance You’ll never know what’s in store

Just Do You (Somebody’s got to be a star)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to raise the bar)
Just Do You (Somebody’s got to change the game)
Just Do You (Today)

If You create the game then You create the rules
And if You just be You
There’s no way You can lose

There’s a story waiting for you to write it
There’s a treasure waiting for you to find it
There’s a picture waiting for you to paint it
There’s a dollar waiting for you to make it

So what’chu waiting on
Who You waiting for
If You don’t take a chance You’ll never know what’s in store

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I’ve been SUPER busy working on a project!  Now that it’s done, somehow, I feel empty.  I keep asking myself, shouldn’t I be doing something?”

See, I’ve never been the kind of person that just sits idle.  I like projects and I like to be busy and this week of “downtime” has been challenging for me.  I will say that this downtime has afforded me many moments of reflection.

In the past two weeks, I turned 45, had a health scare, and realized that I’m vulnerable to what could be…(dare I say it)…love.

After my morning Starbucks run and while heading to work, the words “Just Do You” popped in my head.  I don’t take those moments for granted, so I decided to play the song by India.Arie. Yes, it is a song of Woman/Girl empowerment, but this morning for me, it was a song of permission.  Permission to live my life unapologetically.

Due to some past experiences, I sometimes have this internal battle going on.  On one side, I have “center stage Kennetta” and on the other side I have the “oh-don’t-mind-me, there’s-nothing-to-see-here Kennetta. I’ve learned how to hide in plain sight (to be unnoticeable, by staying visible in a setting that masks presence).  I used to think that if someone noticed me, they would see my imperfections and my flaws and judge me based on those things and not get an opportunity to see me for who I am.

Point of note: While I present as a “no nonsense, I’ll cut you if you get in my way” kind of a chick, that there are parts of me that are so mushy and soft on the inside.  #carryon #framingtherestoftheblog

Despite being aware of the negative scripts that run over and over in my head at times, I sometimes slip back into letting these thoughts affect how I act and behave.  This morning I was reminded of how this “stinking thinking” affects my mood and even how I approach my day(s).

Recently, I was “confronted” with the realization that I had slipped into old patterns and hadn’t realized it. I was LITERALLY called out from background (unexpectedly) right into the spotlight of the main stage by the headliner at a major music festival.  She kept beckoning me to come from the shadows and I kept shaking my head no, that is, until she came and got me and brought me out front and center.  It was a surreal moment for me, not because it happened, but mostly because I almost allowed myself to miss one of the hallmark times of my life because the shadows were more comfortable for me.

As I stare into the 45th year of being on Planet Earth, “just do you” has never meant so much more for and to me than it does in this moment.  It means that I will take my mantra of living unapologetically to newer heights.  It means that I will no longer hide in plain sight.  It means that I will be more open to the opportunities and the possibilities.  I will live with a  little more spontaneity , and I will take more risks….and most importantly, I will allow myself to be vulnerable because there are lessons learned/gained from just being/doing you.

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