‘We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.’ — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This popped up as I was opening my email the other day, “What would you do if you knew no one would judge you?” My instant answer was “nothing”. Since I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone many times in the past few years, I didn’t think I was concerned with others judging me. I gave it a bit of thought, and it turns out I was wrong.
These are a few things I’d do:
I’d make more decisions instead of excuses. There, I admitted it.
I’d take more chances, meaning I wouldn’t let the fear of failure (and thus opinions about said failure or success, for that matter) stop me.
Send a manuscript to a publisher.
Go out in public more often without makeup.
I’d call myself a writer instead of my other job.
I’d enter one of my art quilts in a show.
I’d display my fiber art at a local café which offered to showcase it.
Make a career change.
Drop everything and get a degree in aromatherapy or reiki. (Problem here is application of this knowledge requires the ability to massage and I have arthritis in my hands.)
Admit more often I have no idea what a certain group of people are talking about, or say I didn’t get the joke.
State my discomfort in the midst of family drama and negative conversations rather than ignoring or walking away. (Positive redirection most often doesn’t work here as that is my tactic before removing myself from the situation.)
Take ukulele lessons.
Take a Zumba class.
Paint on a canvas.
Sing out loud.
Hug the trees or dance in the rain in my backyard. Not sure what the problem is since I was already seen by a neighbor as I was running through the yard flapping my arms and tweeting…In my defense, I was playing a game with the children, only the children couldn’t be seen from the fence line.
I’d eat pizza for breakfast and cake for dinner. Oh yeah, I already do that!
Now, it’s your turn…what would you do if you knew no one would judge you?