A friend of mine was so excited.
She had a big dream to travel.
This was one of those bucket list trips.
One that a few years ago was not something she even believed was possible for her.
This trip was far from her reality.
She was sitting in this breathtaking place and WOWed by her experience.
However, there was an internal rumbling.
You see back home there were some family issues going on.
A family member was in deep pain and the ripple effect was affecting more members of the family.
My friend was told that she should not be “living it up” on social media because this would be too painful back home.
How often has someone told you how to edit your story + dim your light so others don’t feel bad about their own life?
My hunch is too often.
In our connections with those we love, we can be having an amazing experience while someone else can be going through trauma.
We all have a story that would break your heart.
On that day, my friend was having an amazing experience and living her dream.
Yes, she’s also had plenty of heart broken moments throughout her life and will have more in her future.
This does not mean that you must stop your amazing experience or tone it down and dim your light.
Don’t let others edit your story.
Write your own story.
Edit your own story with what you are comfortable sharing as that, my friend, is you living in your personal integrity.
What did my friend do?
She fully showed up.
She enjoyed every moment of her dream trip.
She checked in with loved ones back at home.
She shared on social media all the joy she was having.
She filled herself with joy + love.
And you know what?
She returned home filled up and was able to help support those she loved through the difficult time.
Had she dimmed her light and not allowed herself to enjoy her dream trip, she would have returned back home filled with resentment.
This resentment would have been toxic for the family.
Next time someone tries to edit your story, REMEMBER, you are the writer of your story and the editor.
No one gets to EDIT your story! That is your job!
P.S. Create the space/commitment to write and edit your story. Use my Mindset Journal for a proven roadmap that I use every day with my clients!