In my multiple hours of browsing around online, from Facebook to various webcomics, email, news sites, blogs and more, I come across a lot of different variations on 'yes'-say YES to success, to moving forward, to creating goals and making plans, to saying goodbye to the past, to forgiveness, to saving (the rainforests, oceans, activists, etc), to donating (time, money, a click, a FB 'like', a tweet, etc). I say yes as often as I can. I say yes a lot more than I used too. Saying yes is helping and being helpful, both to myself and others, is awesome. My activism, both online and off (though there's less of that now sadly), and my service to my Circle, is the rent I pay for living on this planet, or so the saying goes.
Today however, I want to say no to a bunch of things, specifically the Shoulds. You should lose pounds/inches, be quieter, be nice(r), stop taking up so much room, not wear that, not eat that, suck it in, suck it up, smile, fit in, get over it.
No, I will not. No to all of that. A deep inner voice wants to climb to the top of the closest mountain, and out here I have my pick, and scream NO at the top of my lungs. NO. Never. Not now, not ever. I'm me, and I like who I am. It's taken a long time to get here and I'm proud of me. I hope you're proud of you, and like who you are. I hope you'll join me in saying NO to the above, and other toxic things in your life. NO.