Tillie's Back!  #12

  • By Leslie Friedman
  • 14 Feb, 2017

Hi, friends!
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about Lady Gaga. She performed an amazing halftime show last weekend, and just finished killing it with Metallica. She’s amazing, and I couldn’t believe that after her halftime performance, people took to social media to slam her about her body. Are you kidding me?! She is an incredibly talented musician and performer; I can’t believe people have that kind of time to find something so ridiculous to complain over. But, leave it to Gaga to handle it with complete grace and class. In response to the hubbub, she had this to say,

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga”

Awesome, right? Gaga has always been inspiring to me. I know I loved my body and felt confident when I was Gaga for Halloween 7 years ago (see picture), but look at how much has changed since then. I know I wouldn’t love that body now, but back then I was incredibly confident and sure of who I was, which leads into the part of that quote that has stuck with me. “Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.” Don’t we all want to be champions? I know I want to be a champion. But I’m now hung up on how to be relentlessly me. I’m not sure I know what that means, and I’m kind of freaking out about it (insert goal to be more vulnerable here.) I think I know how to be me, but how do you really know? How do you define yourself? A lot of people around me have been telling me things along the lines of “you just need to spend time with yourself” or “you’ll figure it out once you really focus on you”. Well, I thought I have been doing that. For a while now. So I thought I was pretty sure. But maybe I’m not? I don’t know guys! I think knowing who you are is a constant work in progress, but I thought I would have more of a handle on it by now after having had some serious time with myself.

So really, how do you define yourself? Who are you? I’d imagine most of us define ourselves by some sort of activity, like “I’m a crossfitter” or “I’m a runner”, but I think there’s more to it than that. Does it have to do with your career? Passions? Appearance? Astrological qualities? What is it?! I need a hint so I know what road to go down so I can stop hearing the same thing over and over again. I’m ready and brave enough to be relentlessly me, but it’s hard to do when I have no idea what that means.

Thanks in advance for your help. Go out and be relentlessly you today. And if you need help, let’s talk about it. ☺

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