The biggest reason people tell me they don’t skip is because they don’t want to look crazy. But one of the main things I continue to learn through my skipping experience is that our world is much kinder, supportive, and encouraging than I ever gave it credit for being.
For every negative reaction I have gotten about skipping, there have been 50 positive ones. People don’t laugh at me when they see me skipping down the street; they either ignore me or they smile, Every now and then people even flash thumbs-up signs my way. They don’t make fun of me…If anything, they seem to be intrigued and/or inspired by my ability to be so free, joyful, and not worried about what anyone else thinks about it!
There is a great quote that was written by Marianne Williamson and that Nelson Mandela used in his 1994 inaugural speech. It articulates perfectly the part of myself skipping strengthens…
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who I am to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you! We were born to manifest the Glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone—and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
When you are skipping down the street, your light can’t help but shine bright! What a glorious thing. So let’s skip on, shall we? Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!