Week 5: It is OK to change your mind! And, my favourite Instagram account!
I hope you have a big smile on your face!:)
Following my last week’s post on Silence, I decided that it would be better to let someone else do the talking this week. So, I thought to myself; “This week I will just share a few poems from one of my most favourite Instagram accounts. That’s it!’’
But then, a few days ago, the account’s name changed, and you guessed correctly, I have a few thoughts on this and I would like to share them with you.
But a little bit of a background first…
The account is now called @danielledoby, its previous name was @iamhertribe.
Danielle decided to change the name mainly because of the word ‘tribe’ and the cultural appropriation that surrounds it. To be honest with you, I didn't know the negative attributes to the word either, for me the word tribe always meant inclusivity and acceptance - especially in the way Danielle was using it - it meant something good, it means something good but it seems that this is not the case for everyone.
In any case, Danielle decided to change it and that is ok.
What I wanted to highlight, is that it is impossible to know everything. You can do your homework and you can do your best to be informed as much as you can but you cannot know everything.
The important thing is to be ok with not knowing everything and still be courageous enough to share your truth, to speak your mind and to address difficult matters, especially if you have a platform to which people pay attention. Of course, always with compassion and empathy.
And, you have to be aware that at some point, you may need to raise your hand and say ‘I don’t know’ and then you have to be willing to listen, to learn, to understand and to be ok with the potential of changing your mind on something that it is important to you.
Because it is actually OK to change your mind!
Maria Popova wrote:
“I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, an ideology, or, above all, yourself.
Regardless of names, Danielle created a beautiful community on Instagram, a community which is all about inclusivity, vulnerability, femininity, love and acceptance. And even though I don’t know her personally, her words, they always find a way to break my heart a little (in a good way)!
I chose six of her poems to share with you:
And, this is it for today! Let me know what you think, is it ok to change our minds? Is it ok to say ‘I don’t know’? Did you ever have to change your mind about something important to you?
And before you go, remember to share and like, if you liked!
Thank You for Being Here!
P.S.: I will be here once a week!
It is OK to change your mind!
‘I don’t know’ is a perfectly good answer.
Be willing to understand!
I suggest you read this - 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings - by Maria Popova
Danielle’s first book is coming out this month - it is called I AM HER TRIBE - and I am looking forward to read it!:)