Be More Weird – Stop Selling Yourself

Written by on August 19th, 2015 // Filed under Encouragement & Philosophy, Erika Viktor, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Lemonade-Stand

 

To continue on my 2015 theme of “Be More Weird” I would like to highlight a great habit to get into if you wish to level up on your journey of being the unique person you are.

Have you ever tried a lemonade stand?

You colored a cardboard box, got some Koolaid and sat in the sun for as long as your patience would allow (approximately 48 minutes).

Chances are you had grand plans. Chances are you thought you’d make a good ten bucks off that lemonade.

Chances are the only people who arrived at your stand was your creepy neighborhood widow and your own mother.

This is why I ALWAYS stop at lemonade stands and just empty out my purse. The kids look at you as if you are turning lemons in to money. I always leave with a smile, drive down the road and promptly dump out the lemonade, because ew, gross! Some kid made this stuff.

We all have to sell something in our lives.

But lately, I am having trouble with the idea that we have to sell our souls to sell ourselves.

When I say “sell our souls” I mean that in the literal sense. You and I are standing on the road with a cardboard box saying “My Soul .50 cents!”

And cars are just passing. Even the neighborhood widow barrels past at 90 mph in her 1992 Toyota Corolla.

What is our soul? Well, this may be too heavy a question for such a gossamer blog post (seriously this post is made of cheesecloth) but I am going to attempt anyway.

Our soul is what is essentially: the real us without the people.

If nuclear annihilation wiped out humanity except you, it would be the thing that you continue being even after people are gone.

But in life we all have to sell a profile picture of ourselves. We all have the lemonade stand. We all have to watch cars speed past on a hot summer day.

But I posit a solution:

Stop selling your soul.

Strop thrashing.

I go to the lemonade stand because the kids are cute and need my nickles. I don’t go for the lemonade.

My question for you is, is your audience after you or your lemonade? Do you know the difference?

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