On apologizing, being interesting and doing those things you always wanted to do (but never did)

Inspiring words from writer Kristin Armstrong (Lance Armstrong’s ex-wife):

Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did.
Know when to let go and when to hold on tight.
Stop rushing.
Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is.
Stop apologizing all the time.
Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph.
Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down.
Stop giving your power away.
Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting.
Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it.
Finally know who you are.


Which phrase speaks most strongly to you?  To me, it’s this one:

Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting.

What I like about it is the following:

  1. It encourages each of us to listen, genuinely, to what other people have to say, instead of rambling off at the mouth trying to impress everyone with our own worldly prowess.
  2. It supports us in placing our own inner drives and life pursuits above those that come at us from (often well-meaning) friends, family and acquaintances, as well as from media outlets and society in general.  As long as you are interested in your life path, that’s all that matters.  No need to change that path in order to make yourself “interesting” to someone else!
  3. It hints at the idea that if we focus on the activities, people, conversations and environments that truly interest us, we will in fact be interesting to some people.  And uninteresting to others.  Which is fine.  The folks who remain in our orbit when we’re being our true selves are the people we want in our lives anyway.  🙂

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