CROCS. Do you love them or hate them? Are they strictly “house shoes”, or is it acceptable to wear them in public?
I’m not gonna lie, I think crocs are ugly. BUT, they’re comfortable and durable. So I’m a fan. I wear them around the house and yard, to the store and to the beach.
HOWEVER… when it comes to my performances and “going out” to a restaurant or something, I put on nicer shoes. It feels weird wearing ugly shoes in nice places. Deep down though, I’d prefer to wear crocs at all times. I looooove being comfortable.
So why don’t I wear them everywhere? I’m scared that other people will think I’m sloppy or “unpresentable”.
I preach “be yourself in all your glory”, but the truth is, I still care what other people think of me. (not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation)
Someone who seems to “be himself in all his glory” is Jacob Collier. He’s an English composer, singer, and instrumentalist. He’s incredibly talented! He exudes confidence and uniqueness. He’s often seen wearing pajama-like clothing and fuzzy animal hats. I like that about him. He values comfort like I do.
I saw his instagram stories last week and they inspired me. Not because of the amazing music he was creating with an orchestra AND the audience. Because he was wearing… CROCS. And not any crocs. A yellow croc and a green croc. 😆
I thought, “Jacob Collier is a successful, talented musician. If he can wear different colored crocs to his shows, why can’t I? What am I so afraid of? He is being 100% himself, and I love that!”
So will I be wearing crocs to my next performance? Maybe. Either way, I’m grateful to Jacob Collier for inspiring me to take a step back and ask, “How can I BE MYSELF even more? Am I holding back because I’m scared others will judge me?”
One of my favourite quotes:
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
It’s part of a bigger text that touches me:
“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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's 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 own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson