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Wise Future Self


You know those times when you keep hearing the same things over and over and over, until you have no choice but to pay attention?

I’ve had one of those months.

Over and over in a hundred ways, my friends and mentors and man keep urging me — calling me after I’ve showed up in their dreams, meditations, ponderings and inboxes… Nisha, say what you feel.

Listen to your heart. Use your voice. Speak your truth.

So here it is. My truth, in the form of a true story…

I love kids and I love kid stories; stories kids tell and stories about kids. My closest friends know this. A few years ago, I was listening to my friend Jenny share her daughter Sasha’s birthday wish.

Jenny asked, “What do you want to do for your birthday?”
Sasha, who was about 5 at the time, thought for a moment and smiled at her Mommy…

“I just want to do whatever I want.”

Jenny and I laughed at how adorable kids are, then — between laughter and a sigh — the wisdom hit me deep in my core. I’ve never been the same since.

What if we just did whatever we want?

Really…what if?

For the past few weeks, marinating in a collection of undeniable requests, invitations and pleadings to speak my truth, I found it:
I want to do whatever I want.

I want to throw away the perfect strategies and perfectly perfected plans for creating a perfectly perfect business, and just show up. All the way. Truthful and imperfect. Unpolished and honest. Unintentionally poetic.

Because as it turns out, what I really want is to give. I want my life and business to be fun and pleasurable and exciting… for everyone who’s part of it…including you.

I want to sleep when I need to and be there when my friends need tears wiped, even if I have a deadline. Because life’s short.

I want to write poetry because it feels good to just let it fall out, and I want to share it. I want to teach women to hear their poetry and let it fall out, too. I want to hear it.

What if we just decided to take a few days off from the relentless reasoning, excuses and guilt? Because deep down, we all just want to do whatever we want, and it’s worth it to spend a few days living the truth. I bet, if we really wanted it enough, we’d find a way.