Today’s Thought: Have the courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
It really does take courage to be who you really are. We spend so much of our lives living up to other people’s expectations of us. How often do we really do or say the things that we really want to. How often do we reveal who we really are?
Living up to the expectations of others creates so much anxiety; so much fear of failure and feelings of inadequacy, yet we do it without thinking most of the time.
Lately I have been questioning whether I have been making myself happy or making other people happy. I am starting to see what some of the things I have achieved in my life have been less about what makes me content and fulfilled and more about wanting to gain approval from someone else so that I feel accepted.
Developing the courage to truly be myself needs to be achieved in small steps. I need to know what really does make me feel fulfilled; how I can accept myself rather than rely on the acceptance of others; believe that I am good enough just the way I am. I am just at the start of my journey and this level of self honesty is frightening and exhilarating all at once. I feel on the edge of a new beginning – a chance to be free.
Honesty is a liberator!