The star of today’s topic is one of our Inspiring Human Potential blog and podcast – Inner Growth Inspirational “Be Yourself” Stories.
You get to hear from Annagrazia about how she found the courage to step out into the world and do things on her own, in her unique way, even when it didn’t make others happy, particularly her parents; you also get to hear about how she continues to face fear head on and not allow it to stop her from being herself in any way.
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Here you find Annagrazia’s answers to the Inspiring Human Potential Inner Growth Inspirational “Be Yourself” interview questions, of which the first part is what you’ll hear about on the IHP podcast episode 😊
Part I Questions & Answers – Being Yourself and Life
- Q: What was the most challenging experience in being yourself growing up and how did you overcome this challenge to be all that you can be?
A: Well, I think having or facing challenges starts since we are children. It’s also very challenging, how challenges are faced at a young age. We do not realize that we just react to them (our challenges) with our instincts (when we’re young). For this reason, those challenges from our past (from a young age), they leave a sign or scar within us, for a very long time, sometimes for the rest of our life. In fact, I think very much so, that the challenges we come across during a young age contribute to us becoming the person we are, and are therefore the reason for some of the choices we make in our life. Perhaps, we really wouldn’t have made that choice(s) if the challenges had not occurred or happened at that time (when we were young).
How many of us at a certain point of our life ask ourselves: “Was that really what I wanted or is this what I really want”?
One of my challenge and the big one growing up was to become a self-independent woman. It was to handle things and not to feel subject to, dependent on, or inferior to a man. As I was raised in a time, place and home that was completely ruled by the man/male figure.
And I can say that to fulfill this challenge (of becoming an independent and self-sufficient woman) for sure was the hardest road, and not easy at all that created a very challenging life experience. However, one thing is for sure, I hold always a big smile in my heart; yes, a big smile because that is what I visualize when I think about it and know that I’ve succeeded in becoming an independent woman.
- Q: What major event or situation got you to know from your heart that it is ok to be yourself completely and how do you find inner harmony and peace with being you and the world outside of you, how do you respect you and others?
A: Being yourself relates to the actions you take upon decision you make. It is not easy and there are times where it is difficult to be yourself, and where to be yourself can cause damage to you or who is around you. Controlling the action, taking it and bringing it to a good balance is something we need to learn (and something that we do learn in time); it is important for there to be respect towards others. A major event that I know to have been completely myself is when I decided to move forward with my divorce even though my parents did not approve. I was certain that to continue the relationship would have been only bad for me and for whoever was around me, and with me. In spite of what people around me could say, or did say, it was ok because I knew from my heart, that it would have brought peace and harmony. In going through with the divorce, I was respecting myself and the others. To respect others is also a way to be honest, true, and sincere in actions, meaning you do and say what you feel, you are someone that is transparent and doesn’t hide who you are (being yourself completely basically).
- Q: What’s one piece of advice that you would give someone who’s having a hard time being themselves harmoniously and consistently through their actions, thoughts, and words in their every-day life; and how or what brought you to do this in your life?
A: I think we are, on a daily basis, surrounded by people who are seeking and in the need of help. We should notice when someone, a friend or relative is going through a hard time.
In one normal conversation, talking about different things, if paying attention; you can perceive the emotions, as well as the state of mind of a person. To give advice, I find it is very complicated, manly it is good to listen (not to give advice). I think it is good to recommend them to listen to their instincts and the voice at the bottom of their heart that can be found not immediately, but it is there waiting patiently to be found every step of the way. Also, it is very important, as much as possible, to try and avoid hurting others in every choice you make along the way.
- Q: How does unconditional love for self, others and the world play a role in your life and you being yourself completely in who you are and what you do?
A: Unconditional love is something given to you without asking for it (or doing anything). Some people are born in it and just simply receive it; while others not so much. But when we know we received it (which you know), and it is in our possession, there is only one thing left for those of us that receive it to do, and it is to spread this unconditional love around to others; to do this as much as we can, in any and every way possible, in all forms and to as many humans or creatures as we come to know and meet in our lifetime.
- Q: Are there any things/areas about being yourself (your true self from the heart) that you choose not to share with others and the world? Would you share (with us) why this is, how you manage it from the heart and mind (emotionally and through your thoughts), if you foresee any transformation with this challenge or anything about it that you think others (who are also facing something similar) can learn from, find comfort in, and be helped with in knowing they’re not alone?
A: There are many things I don’t share with the world or others; but because one has asked me, I will share something. I don’t have a problem in sharing, and if the case arises to bring something up that can help I will. I am sure that I can be of help to others, as much as others can be and will be of help for me. Transformation is something that happens with challenges, but only if we are conscious of that (the challenge and the possibility of transformation); and learning, helping and sharing are some of the ways we can make this transformation happen.
Part II Questions & Answers – Being Yourself and Your Life Endeavors
- Q: What do you do in life: as your life purpose, job, business, whatever “do” means to you that is the way you actively participate in and contribute to the world you live in, and the society you’re a part of?
A: Everyone has a purpose, how we come to know and how we find it out is different for each one of us. What I know is that I try to make a difference in the little things I do every day. I think is very important how we carry on our everyday life. What we create and give on a daily basis is what we will eventually have (and become). Our job is part of it, but more importantly is our behavior. I was mainly a mother (even though I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit). A mother is one of the most important tasks to fulfill. To cherish our babies and to give to this world a future man or woman for a better society. Our kids are going to be the ones to touch many other people’s lives. And other people’s lives will depend on them. I was a very young mother, and only after becoming a mom, did I begin to relate to the work world and to start building my career. I can say that my kids and career traveled alongside each other.
- Q: Does this “do” reflect who you are from the heart completely? If yes, how so? If not, how does this affect you from within, in your day-to-day life, and overall quality of life?
A: Well yes, I can say that it definitely reflects my being. What I think is very interesting, obviously, from my introspection, is that I was able to do so because I was on my own and I did what I thought was best and what I wanted to do. I had a very strong bases (foundation); meaning my parents education, but I also listened to and weighed out my intuition.
The quality of life is very much determined from the people around you and if you know how to handle them. I have had quite a few years of bad timing; we all do. This is when we are tested and when there is the call to see our strength and the many other issues we need to face.
- Q: Are there other life endeavors (things you “do”, participate in, actively work on or pursue) that reflect who you are from the heart and bring forth the “mark” and transformation you want to see and leave in this world?
A: What is right and what is wrong are a big part in every one’s life. So, when do we know when we are really in our rights? You may are asking yourself “what does this have anything to do with the question number 3”, well it does for me; because to participate, to bring forth the mark we need to constantly fight for it, and my nature is one of those that does not like to fight, I find it very heavy for me to do so. Only lately I am developing an enduring or persistent behavior, one that is needed to pursue to make and transform the things you want.
- Q: Was it challenging to find and establish harmony and abundance with being yourself and doing what you “do”, pursuing all the life endeavors you are actively involved in?
A: For me it is challenging to neglect the thoughts and advice from the people I love. It happened to me a lot (in my life) to listen to others and do the things the people I love told me to do. And when I followed their advice and did not listen to myself, I did not get or reach the things I aimed for. I find out at the end, that I had the right answers and path all along the way. So, again, listening to yourself is important. If you do this, you can achieve your goals and the harmony and the abundance in life; but only when you are the master of yourself, which requires you to be yourself which you can only do if you trust yourself too, and so on.
- Q: What part of what you “do” makes you most excited and proud? Why and how is this a success for you and the world?
A: I am amazed at the patience I have and that I find in the so many struggling times during this beautiful journey of mine. That is what gives me success. Next to it, I have learned through my wonderful yoga Sik teacher to be in control. Being in control makes you successfully handle difficult and struggling times, and to achieve success in this world and for myself.