A friend of mine today shared with me a beautiful song by Wahkeena Sitka called, “Total Permission to Say Yes to Life.” The lyrics are beautiful, including lines like, “I give myself total permission to listen to my heart,” and, “I give myself total permission to make myself happy.” The timing of my friend’s decision to share this with me was serendipitous because allowing myself to live my life fully without being held back by insecurities is something I have been thinking about quite a bit about lately.
Many of us harbor deeply rooted emotional conditioning that has left us with internalized fears and anxieties that, in turn, lead to behavioral patterns that may not serve us. I sometimes run scared from uncertainty and the possibility of failure and in the past, that has prevented me from fully embracing my life and making the most of my potential.
I realize that, as ingrained as this emotional conditioning is, allowing it to direct my decisions is a choice. Saying yes to life is not something that is always easy or that just happens. We have to make a conscious decision to stop listening to our fears. What makes it difficult is that our fears do not disappear the moment we make that decision. When we choose to embrace life, we are not choosing to stop being afraid, but rather, to make courageous, life-affirming decisions despite our fears. It is often difficult to accomplish, but it is empowering to know that the decision is ultimately in our own hands.