Are you afraid of not living up to others’ expectations by being yourself and pursuing your inner voice desires? Who isn’t, right? Well, one morning while sitting out on the balcony at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and enjoying watching a giraffe eating his breakfast, I got to thinking. (Yeah I know…that can be a dangerous thing. LOL). But, bear with me. This brings me to today’s word in our continuing expedition of 42 Words to a Better You……..
My family and I have been fortunate enough to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Right outside our windows, was an African savanna with lions, giraffes, zebras, oh my! I particularly enjoyed watching the awkward looking, yet gracefully elegant giraffes. What lesson did I learn about pursuing your own inner voice from watching these amazing creatures?
Giraffes aren’t shy about sticking their necks out and going after what they want. They extend their necks and heads up to reach their food. Rather than waiting for their meal to come to them, they go right to the source of their nourishment. It’s their instinct. And, they don’t make a ruckus doing it. They do it quite gracefully.
So, why do some of us fear taking a chance and going after what we want? Perhaps we fear making a mistake. Or we fear pursuing the unknown. Or maybe we are afraid to embarrass ourselves by looking like fools to our friends, family, and peers.
What have I taken away from that day from watching the giraffe?
- Expressing my inner creative. That is how I felt. My inner voice kept telling me to share my love for creating, drawing, and writing in hopes to inspire others. I ignored it for many, many, years and always felt a piece of my soul missing. Out of the lesson of the giraffe, this blog was born last year.
- Expressing my silly side. This lesson has also taught me to not worry about being embarrassed about how I appear to others when expressing my silly side. I have now embraced my inner silliness as part of my nature. By doing so, I am now fortunate enough to be part of Off Book, an improv comedy troupe. See post #31: Improv to see what other lessons improv has taught me.
Safari, so good?
So, perhaps we can learn from nature and its creatures like the giraffe and make it our inner instincts to stick our necks out and express our inner voice and dreams — to be the individuals we want to be.
Have you ever been inspired by animals or nature to pursue something in your own life? I’d love to hear. Share your thoughts in the comments below.