Shout out to my bro and sis-in-law for this AWESOME shirt ūüôā

When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game
But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game
Oh, you get love for it, you get hate for it
You get nothing if you

Wait for it, wait for it, wait

God help and forgive me
I wanna build
Something that’s gonna
Outlive me

– Alexander Hamilton, Room Where it Happens

Any self-respecting Hamilton fan finished out the verse (am I right ūüôā ). I’ve listened to this verse from Room Where It Happens¬†probably a hundred times over the last¬†few months.¬†It’s become my anthem. My mantra.

 It reminds me that if I want to do something I have to get out there and do it. The lyrics challenge, even dare, me to put aside my fear and (lazy) perfectionism and get out there.

Get some skin in the game.

I want to be a part of something that will out live me. I want to help eradicate the prevalence of eating disorders and dismantle fat phobia and diet culture.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal lyrics also¬†remind me of Daring Greatly by¬†Bren√© Brown.¬† Her phenomenal book was¬†inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s “In the Arena” speech. In the speech, our 26th President says:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Get in the arena and do.¬†Don’t sit on the sidelines, judging and commenting from the safety of the padded seats. Get in there and mix it up. Fight, flail, fall, give yourself time to heal, then¬†get¬†back up.

Giving yourself time to heal is essential to getting into the arena. Bren√© talked about self-care a lot in Daring Greatly.¬†Getting in the arena (ie. gettin’¬†skin in the game)¬†¬†is hard so it’s important to take care of yourself. If you don’t have the strength to put your foot in the arena today, that is okay. Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. Your mind. Heal. Then come back. Try again. If you’re still not ready, that’s okay too.

Giving ourselves time to heal before we stand makes us stronger.

I have to remind myself of this from time to time when I start feeling overwhelmed or overexposed. I want to do¬†so much¬†but I’m not much use when¬†my anxiety flies off the rails.¬†It’s okay to take care of myself. It’s okay to set boundaries. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to¬†put my¬†skin the¬†arena (see what I did there ūüôā )¬†at my own pace.

Have a great weekend friends!

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