Have you ever thought about the fact that you don’t know who looks up to you? You genuinely do not know who is watching you and your life. There is someone out there who thinks what you are doing is the best thing ever. There is someone out there who admires your work ethic, who listens to what you say about food, who trusts your input about clothing to buy, who will read any book you say to read. There are people watching.
That sounds creepy, but it is true. We are always being watched. Think about how smart technology is now with suggesting ads for you or how you can say you were thinking of buying something and you will get an email for that particular product even if you never looked at it on any of your devices. We are being watched and listened to. The idea of this could drive a person mad, but to me I see it as a streamlined way of finding things I want and in a way it makes me feel comfortable because that means if someone is planning something terrible they are being watched too.
Now on a more micro level I am specifically talking about people in your life. It could be friends, family members, or someone who follows you on social media. I guarantee there is at least one person who looks up to you. They could be older or younger than you, but they deeply care about what you have to say and they really care about following along with what is happening in your life.
I would think that you look up to someone in the same way. It could be a celebrity, a model, a chef, a gardener, a priest. Whatever they do, there is someone who I guarantee you watch their life more closely than others.
You do not know who looks up to you, but wouldn’t it be cool if more people told the person who they look up to that they look up to them? I know I have a handful of people in my life who I could reach out to and tell them that they make me feel comfortable being who I am and I look at them as a guide for who I strive to be and how to show up as the best version of myself.
Maybe someone telling you that they look up to you would be the exact thing you need to hear to keep you going on your path, so why not reach out to the people you admire and tell them how you feel.
Letting down the wall and being vulnerable could bring you knew opportunities you never could’ve imagined would happen. Maybe you will make a new friend or a business connection. Telling people that they mean something to you is never a bad idea.
I am not sure when the idea of being vulnerable became so weird but I think it is important to be vulnerable and tell people what you are really thinking and how you feel. Don’t let the thought of being embarrassed or shut down stop you from speaking your truth. Go out and tell someone you look up to that you look up to them and why. Make their day and in return feel good about letting someone know that they have an important voice and it is heard.
You really don’t know how you could change someone’s day or even life just by letting them know you value what they have to say. You never know what someone is going through and this could be the exact thing that they need to hear.
To being vulnerable and telling people how much they mean to you.
Until next time,