A couple of weeks ago Mikaela left this comment on our show about Honesty:
Hello! I just started listening to Let it Be about three weeks ago and I love it! I especially love the stuff on minimalism and self-acceptance. I would love you to do one on not taking yourself too seriously. I’ve been consciously making positive changes in my life for about a year now namely meditating, simplifying and exercising. I really identify with you (Kelly) because I’m also an introvert and have a lot of troubles with social anxiety/awkwardness. Since being more consciously aware of my mind-state I’ve noticed my social awkwardness getting worse somehow. I found it much easier to joke around and be lighthearted before I started paying attention to the inner workings of my mind. Also, a lot of the things I’m interested in now – yoga, meditation, minimalism, are not things people necessarily enjoy talking about. I feel like this is because I have perhaps been taking myself too seriously. Do you ever find this? And if so how do you overcome it?
Are Mikaela and I the same person? I think we might be. It’s literally only in the last few years that I’ve been able to take myself a little less seriously and Brooke and I both agreed this was very much a question worth exploring in the podcast. So we did.
Interestingly, despite both of us being expert navel-gazers who tend to be overly earnest, we come at the whole ‘taking ourselves seriously’ thing from slightly different directions. I actually want to be taken seriously; to feel my thoughts and views are respected. Brooke fights against her earnestness because she wants people to think she’s funny and carefree.
I’m not sure if we come up with any sure-fire solutions for people who are trying to take themselves a little less seriously – but it’s an interesting conversation nonetheless. So thank you to Mikaela for inspiring it!
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