I said NO to older commitments that didn't suit me anymore
I said NO to roles and responsibilities that no longer make my eyes sparkle or my heart jump
I said NO to feeling guilty for not doing more
I said NO to spending time with people whose vibe doesn't energise me
I said NO to values that I can no longer support
I said NO to pushing things that don't feel right
I said NO to stuff that looks good on the CV
I said NO to investing time in projects that have potential but where I can't see the vision
I said NO to working for free
and then I realised,
this meant that I finally said YES...
- ...to what lets my eyes sparkle
- ...to focus on what matters
- ...to aligning my commitments and energy
- ....to going with the flow
- ...to my needs
- ...to time for what and whom I love and need
- ...to learning and growing
- ...to new opportunities
- ...to what feels right
- ...to myself
Yes it took courage. I've been dreading to do these calls. I was afraid to let people down. I was afraid this meant I gave up without having made the best out of it yet. I was afraid I'd miss out on opportunities (that came if I stuck with it for a bit longer). I was afraid to do the wrong thing.
But damn does it feel good to say NO to some things, which is essentially a YES to other things. Closing some old doors. Opening new ones.
It feels liberating.