It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. The other day I came across a poem by one of my favourite poets Rumi in which he said, “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”
The poem goes against everything we’ve learned growing up, which basically was advice on how to not ruin our reputation and to always care about what people think of us because somehow our lives are dependant on the opinion of others. Which made me think… what is a reputation even, like what does it even mean. Is there one fixed reputation that I can have in my life or do I have different reputations because if you ask person X about me, they’re going to have a different perspective of me than Person Y, and so on. That’s because people can only see others from the level of understanding and consciousness that they are vibrating at. Which pretty much means that my reputation is just a compilation of other people’s thoughts about me based on their own level of awareness at that given time. How does that even make sense?
If I’m constantly worried about acting a certain way, talking a certain way, thinking a certain way in front of people, then when do I get to be me. And if I cant be myself, then how can I ever live life as an authentic human being? I’m pretty much a fake, and is that how I really want to live life?
Not anymore. I want to live life as myself. I want to move out of my comfort zone and into the unknown, into freedom from judgement, into freedom from self criticism, into purpose. Is fitting in comfortable? Of course it is. you’re doing everything right by society’s terms, but you’re slowly killing that creative burn within you. You’re slowly silencing your soul’s voice. You’re suppressing your inner voice’s desire to shine. Would you rather be pretending to live on the outside, but be dying on the inside. Or would you rather let go of your need to have society’s definition of a reputation, and step into your truth, so that you can shine from the inside. and when you shine from the inside, your light uplifts the people you were brought on this earth to uplift.
So now I understand what Rumi meant by being mad. He just meant that we should chose to live life as our true self, as our authentic self. To show up to life exactly as we are, and who cares what people might think. If they want to call us mad and crazy, let them. I’d rather be mad and free, than a prisoner in someone else’s perception of me.
So today ask yourself, who do you want to live for, others or yourself.
Thank you for listening, speak soon.