Not long ago I made a discovery. One that many of you ladies out there already have mastered but one that in my altered state of early morning fog with too little coffee surging through my veins had to be re-learned.
Shaving is much more effective and efficient if you take the little plastic protector off of the razor in advance. Yep—that was me. Wondering why the razor was not cutting through the forest on my legs. Upon closer inspection I discovered that that pesky little plastic guard was still in place. Things went much smoother after that.
I know that there is at least one lesson in that little experience and I am trying to discern what it is.
Am I like a razor with the plastic guard on? Do I try to shield myself from the world?
Do I try to hide my sharp edges from others in case they do not like what they see?
Do I hide who I really am?
Am I not willing to take a stand for things I believe in because they might seem too sharp and offensive to others?
Do I worry about being too blunt with others?
Maybe a little bit of all of these.
Life can be so much more rewarding if we allow ourselves to be who we are meant to be. Imperfections and all. That means taking away the “protector” and allowing ourselves to be real and authentic.
Is it risky? Yes. A little bit.
Is it worth it?
Maybe I need to take that protector off a little more often and experience life full on. No buffer.
Letting my guard down.
Bring it on.