“For a long time I felt it was ‘easier’ to blend in with everyone around me. When in fact, it sucked all my energy. I became so accustomed in seeking approval from others, I didn’t realize I was losing myself.
My younger self felt it was more important to find self-acceptance through others liking me instead of finding acceptance in being true to who I am.
It was my default to smile, nod, and be in agreement even if I felt otherwise.
It was my default to shrink myself so that others could feel better about themselves.
It was my default to dim my light because others felt I was too bright.
As I got older, I started to question, ‘Why am I even wasting my precious time and energy trying to converse with people I don’t even vibe with?’
Especially now that I’m a Mom, so much of my time and energy is already given to my kids. If I have anything left in me, I’d rather be with people who reflect my inner being and fuel me rather than drain me.
It took a while for me to get this. It took a lot of courage for me to walk away from the need to be liked by others.
After realizing it’s okay that I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, I’ve also realized it’s a hell of a lot easier to just be myself.
I’d much rather accept that some people may not vibe with me rather than look for acceptance in those who aren’t in alignment with me.
The biggest takeaway from this long journey of self love and acceptance is:
Be kind to everyone, but it doesn’t mean you have to be friends with everyone.
I’m writing this to those who find it’s hard to be your true self around others. Letting go of the need to be accepted by everyone can be a challenge to re-wire.
It’ll take time and practice in setting boundaries as well as getting clear with who your true friends are.
Once you get to your destination of accepting your real self, you’ll never be the same.
To be BOLD is to be BEAUTIFUL.
To be BEAUTIFUL is to be YOURSELF.
To be YOURSELF is to be UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOURSELF!”
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