Take off your mask, and live from the heart

“You said it’s easy, but who’s to say that we’d be able to keep it this way, but it’s easier comin’ straight from the heart.” – Straight From the Heart (Bryan Adams) 

Last week I had the privilege of seeing Bryan Adams live in concert. Finally! I have been a fan of his for over 30 years. That seems really hard to believe – especially when I say it out loud. I mean, how is that even possible?! But I digress. Straight From the Heart is definitely my favourite Bryan Adams song of all time, and it was beyond amazing to hear him sing it live! The entire night his singing felt like it was coming straight from his heart. Such a blessing.

Since the concert I’ve been thinking about why I love this song so much. I mean it’s got a soothing sound for sure, but what else? It got me thinking about what it actually means to talk straight from the heart and to live straight from the heart, which is something that I absolutely love! I have so much respect and admiration for people who live life that way. To me, they are the people who are the real deal.  I don’t like fake because it just doesn’t feel good – and because I believe our whole purpose in life is to be who we really are. I believe that living with integrity and authenticity is what brings us a sense of fulfillment and ultimately joy.

“When we turn around and come face to face with our destiny, we discover that words (spoken) are not enough. I know so many people who are brilliant speakers but are quite incapable of practising what they preach. It’s one thing to describe a situation & quite another to experience it. I realized a long time ago that a warrior in search of his dream must take his inspiration from what he actually does and not from what he imagines himself doing.” ~Paulo Coelho~ 

Have you been there before – wearing a mask so thick that you almost didn’t recognize yourself? My guess is we’ve all acted like someone we aren’t at some point in time, but do we even know that we’re doing it? And if so, why – what motivates us to pretend? It could be how you show up at work when you want to impress your boss, or who you are in front of your kids because you don’t want them to make the same mistakes you did, or the way you behave when you want people to like you. What are we afraid might happen if we take the masks off? I say we should be afraid to leave them on!

When we don’t live in alignment with our true self, we get off track. Very often, we also get sick. But when we can be open about who we truly are and what we want, miracles happen! When we allow those pieces of us to show that might not be sparkly, that might be ‘weird’, that might not be like everyone else, we speak volumes to The Universe about what we want from this life (and The Universe then conspires to help us make it happen). It also speaks volumes to other people about who we are and what we stand for. Sharing our stories, allowing ourselves to be seen, vulnerable and speaking straight from our hearts, unites us. It gives us that sense that we are in this together – and therefore not alone. And that, my friends, (like Bryan Adams said of the 9000 or so people at Scotiabank Center singing together last Wednesday night), is magic.

“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called “perfection,” which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.”  ~Dan Pearce~

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