Improv, Joy and "You are Enough"

You are enough. 

You, yes you. The one with those extra five pounds. With the chronic illness. With that thing you're always "working on" but never seem to get. With the stress and anxiety that seems tripled during the holiday season. Yes, you. 

You are enough.

There's a principle in improv that surrounds the idea of being enough. Whether you're a total beginner or an expert, if you approach each scene or moment with a sense of yes and a little honesty, what you're bringing to the table is "just right."

This is not to say you can't improve your skill-set or practice or understand the game better. You can. Sometimes that improvement is simply realizing your own limits or strengths. 

But what you bring to the table, your "you-est you" is enough. 

I struggle with this concept a lot, nitpicking my body to death sometimes, or thinking that I need to reach a certain milestone to be worthy of whatever random thing I've convinced myself I'm not worthy enough to have right now. 

I struggle with finding the balance between knowing my innate worthiness and lovability in this moment ("I am worthy of a relationship right now") and seeing the things in my life I must earn ("I have to take steps x,y and z to grow my business"). 

Things get jumbled sometimes and I start to view my whole life through that lens of "I'm not there yet."

But the fact of the matter is, I am there. I'm worthy now. I have value now. I have something to offer now. 

Is it perfect? No. But it's enough. I'm enough, and that's a great place to start. 


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