My friend posted this article by Heidi Priebe entitled “For the women who feel like ‘too much'” and I just wanted to share it with you all, because it spoke to me. This is originally from Thought Catalog and the link is here if you want to check it out there. 🙂
For the women who feel like ‘too much’ – you know exactly who you are.
You’re the ones who grew up always feeling different – feeling crazy, feeling brash, feeling just a little too passionate and fierce. You’re the ones who’ve spent your whole lives being told to bite your tongue, to sit on your hands, to settle down and shut up and quell your restless mind for just long enough to blend in.
To find your place within the calmer, cooler crowds.
You’re the ones who’ve always struggled to regulate your spirit. The ones who’ve felt the pull between the wild and the tame – the never-ending yearning to go and yet the underlying longing to stay. The constant need to explore further and yet the quiet desire to settle down.
You’re the ones who can’t find peace within yourself. Who have always wanted to try harder, run faster, push yourself further than the world around you ever expected you to go. You’re the ones with the expectations so high that even you can never live up to yourself. Even you can sometimes find your mind to be ‘too much’ for your body.
And yet you’re also the one who’s irreplaceable.
You’re the one who may always be a little too passionate, a little too reckless and too intense.
But you’re also the one who loves the hardest. Who fights the longest. Who refuses to cash in her chips and give up when the rest of the crowd has laid their swords down and gone home.
You’re the one who keeps pushing for the changes that need making. Who won’t sit down or shut up or settle down when what the stakes are rising higher than you’re ready for. You’re the one who’s not afraid to stand up when the rest of the world is staying silent.
You’re the one who may always be ‘too much’ for the people who are calm and complacent and steady.
But you’ll never be too much for the fierce ones.
You’ll never be too much for the ones who burn as brightly, who reel as wildly, who move as quickly as you.
You’ll never be too much for the people who want to experience the whole of life fully – arms wide open and spirit braced for whatever’s coming their way. You will always be just the right amount for the people who’s fire matches your own.
But there’s a catch-22 when it comes to finding them.
Because they’re not the ones sitting down. Shutting up. And listening to what they have been told their entire life to do.
They are the ones running ahead of the pack.
And if it’s not too much for you to handle,
It is up to you to run and catch up.