Disrupt to Change the World

woman standing on middle of road

by Marianne Clyde

Disruption is how we change the world. Doing what others can’t or won’t do. Disruption is not as difficult or offensive and you might think. It’s pretty much just following your truth, unapologetically.

Why do we, as women, feel like we need to apologize for who we are, or what we like, or how we think? We’ve woven a tangled web of self-deceit over the years. And man, that has to stop and it has to stop now.

I remember many times over the years when I felt a twinge in my stomach or a heaviness in my heart because something didn’t feel quite right in my spirit. When I felt like my opinion didn’t matter or that my words didn’t count. Or my personal tastes were irrelevant. You know that feeling, too, if you’ve ever had to sit at a table and finish your brussel sprouts and were told that you gagging was just being dramatic.

As women there are a lot of things we’ve choked on over the years and were told to get over it.

Well, I’m over it.

Too many women just give up as they get older. It’s just too hard to continue to push against conventional wisdom or the way things “are.”

I agree, it can feel difficult sometimes to break through all the bullshit.

But, oh, the feeling of absolute freedom of being on the other side.

The cool breeze I felt, mesmerized by the sunrise over the clouds from the summit of Mt. Fuji.

The absolute exhilaration I experienced as a “non-runner” at 54 completing my first marathon in Kasumigaura, Japan.

That terrifying first step out of an airplane flying at 10,000 feet, the 60 second freefall, followed by the silence and tranquility of floating so high above the ground.

The feeling of freedom is almost indescribable. Doing disruptive things also gives others permission to break through, too.

Action Step: In the meantime, think of one thing that you’ve been wanting to do or say or wear that you’ve been hesitating about for fear of what others think. Now go do it. Let me know how good it feels for you!


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