“No one ever tells you your neck will age” she said.
Those words had an impact on me.
Isn’t it funny how the most random words trigger us? Here I am, every night moisturizing every part of my body, and every time I start the ritual, I think about how I need to be extra kind to my neck because Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) said it’s the first one to go with age.
Never mind that my mom has been on my case forever to take care of my skin. Yet, for some reason, when Carrie said that, it stuck with me. I tried looking for the interview and after spending an hour on Youtube, I gave up.
I have plenty of other examples of random wacky things that float in my head due to some off-comment someone made. Of course, none come to mind now, how inconvenient.
So, here I was, staring at my neck the other night, thinking of her words, when I realized how interesting it is that she’s had that impact on me. Which made me think:
Is someone walking around with MY words in THEIR head?
Because here’s the deal, you will NEVER know the impact you have on someone else. You might blurt out the silliest thing ever, and feel embarrassed about it, but it will have a lasting impact on someone else.
And that’s a good thing! You want to make an impact on people. And as much as possible. So don’t shy away from simply being yourself and saying what’s on your mind.
Think about this the next time you feel socially anxious. The next time you’re holding back from saying something because you’re scared of how it will be received. You might actually change someone’s life, behavior, thoughts, actions, etc.
You owe it not just to yourself, but to those around you, to freely speak your mind.
I’d LOVE to hear what things have stuck with you. Maybe from your friends, family, pop culture, etc.