Hey. I’ve been away for awhile, but man I’m ready to be back. To everyone who has voiced a desire to see more Red Shoes Living on this site, “Thank you.” The need for inspiration is incredibly constant; I know it’s something I need daily.
Of all the positive examples in my life, I specifically have my daughter, McKenzie, to thank for inspiring me to get back on here. I recently joined her little family for dinner, and a message she had written on her chalkboard instantly brought a stack of thoughts to my mind. On top of that stack was “getting back on the Red Shoes site.” (Just underneath it was “eating chocolate for breakfast.”)
Each and every thought followed the same pattern: something that I would love to do but just... can’t. Why? Well, that’s the wrong question. Look at McKenzie’s chalkboard with me and see if your own list doesn’t immediately spring to mind.
She and I had a good conversation that night, and I asked her to send me the story behind the message so I could share it. This is what she told me:
I try to keep our home a place of daily inspiration, motivation, and somewhere we can feel grounded. Placing quotes around our house is any easy way to give us simple reminders of positivity and encouragement. Our kitchen chalkboard is the last thing we see as we leave every day, so I try to put things on there to give us a last boost of motivation as we go to conquer our day.
At this time, I was drawn to this particular quote because I feel like, by nature, we are surrounded by information telling us that we can’t do certain things. Limits are set by the people we work for, people we love, people we don't know, and society as a whole. As a new mother, I have found myself focusing too much energy on the things I am no longer able to do, or perhaps the things I don't think I can now accomplish as a full-time mom.
It’s been a slight identity crisis. But as I start questioning why in fact “I can’t” do those things, I realize that I indeed can do anything I want. These limits we set, in reality, are non-existent, invisible insecurities that virtually have no meaning when we challenge them. It is so simple to shift the narrative from what we can’t do to what we can. Once you start, the possibilities really become endless.
I couldn’t agree more. For me, there’s simply no reason good enough for me to not be here. There’s no answer good enough to that powerful question.
I’m so glad I still see so many people living with this question in their hearts. I spend a lot of time with one such person: My CEO at InMoment, John Sperry. He’s a man who still believes he can fly. He still believes in the unknown, the untried, the unexplored, the possible impossible. It’s amazing how much new and exciting he finds in a world that thinks it’s all been done.
Today I’m joining him, I’m joining you, I’m joining McKenzie and many others in doing the same. Why the hell not?