It’s amazing, the influence the outside world has on us, isn’t it?
We are born perfect beings.
A blank slate.
Then the world happens. Parents, family members, society, culture.
All of it piled onto us.
Everything molds us into something new.
Into something everyone else thinks we should be.
For the most part, everyone and everything means well. They act in accordance to what they know. For what is true for them.
But their “truths” get imprinted on us.
And a lot of times, when we are not what others think we should be, we end up feeling like we need to be a certain way, act a certain way, show up in life in a certain way.
Or else risk being singled out, ostracized or outcasted.
For me, I definitely felt like being me wasn’t okay. That my tendency was to say the wrong things or do the wrong things. That I acted in less than desirable ways and therefore, my true self was less than desirable. Or at least that is how I felt.
Maybe you felt the same way.
Maybe you felt like you made mistakes, which taught you that being you wasn’t okay. That it wasn’t safe to be fully you.
I want to flip that belief. Because even though you may have felt like it wasn’t okay to be yourself in the past, that you needed to hold back, that you might get looked down on, you are safe.
The world needs you to be you.
The world needs you to be fully you, exactly as you were created.
God doesn’t make mistakes. I believe that everything happens for a reason.
You are exactly as you are meant to be, right now.
No tweaking necessary.
No, “I’m perfect but…”
No, “I’ll be good when…”
There are no but’s or when’s or if’s.
You are now. You are perfect.
Tell yourself daily. Remind yourself.
Journal that shit.
Say it in the mirror.
Write reminders and sticky notes.
Say it over and over until you FEEL it.
It is safe to be you. It is safe to show up in the world as you were meant to.
Show up. Be unapologetic. Be YOU.
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