"Never turn down the volume of who you are for anyone. When the world attempts to shush you, shame you, silence you or tells you to act normal, please don't." - Marie Forleo.
Years ago, a friend told me, "You are too happy. It's hard to be around you sometimes because you are too happy." At that moment, I sank. Suddenly, being me was wrong.
I remember thinking, "Maybe she is right. I should turn down the volume on my happiness." So I tried for a while to be less happy. Try being the word. But it just wasn't me. You see, I am an extrovert. I get energy from others, and that energy makes me happy.
Trying to turn down my volume was denying who I was. I was trying to be less of myself, to make others feel comfortable. I may not be a genius in math, but even I know that formula doesn't add up.
What does work: Being your whole self.
We all get happy. We all get sad. But if you are feeling happy - don't turn it down. Share your happiness. Lowering your joy is not how you bring someone else's up.
Karen Tran, CPCC - Seattle Life Coach
Karen Tran is a Seattle girl; born and raised in the state where Starbucks began. She is a Certified Life Coach who loves to cook, drink black coffee, enjoy wine with friends, and eat great food. When she is not coaching you can find her spending time with her family-friends and walking her dog Penny. Karen has always felt a pull to help others live their happiest life. She sees in others what they may have trouble seeing in themselves.