You’d think being yourself would be the easiest thing in the world. Yet for so many years I struggled to know who I was. After those awkward teenage years of wanting to fit in yet be an individual came those early adulthood years. I got married pretty young and it wasn’t long before I lost my sense of self. Honestly, I’m not sure I had ever really found it up until that point.
It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve been able to discover who I am. I realized while there were many labels used to describe me, none of them defined me. I mean I’m not my job, what I accomplish, or what I do. I went on a journey of self-discovery and connected with myself in a way like never before. While I have many roles in my life including wife, mom, and daughter, those are only parts of who I am. I’m finally a complete individual independent of the roles in my life.
I’ve discovered passions, allowed myself to dream, and picked up new hobbies. I quit my job years ago and created a business that fit perfectly into my life. I express myself through various forms of art and realized I do like clothes I just can’t find the ones I like in most stores. I love raw crystal jewelry (and costume jewelry). I follow my heart over my head. I’m not afraid to be different, nerdy, or weird. I’m empathetic and consider vulnerability a strength. I strive to live a courageous life by taking opportunities
even especially when they scare me. I love to learn and am always reading, watching, or listening to something that will challenge me to be better than I was yesterday. I choose to live a kind and humble life reveling in the simple pleasures.
I’ve finally accepted who I am and love myself with all of my heart. It’s from this place of self-love and acceptance that I was able to connect with myself and discover what made me who I am. I’m no longer afraid to show up authentically in my life no matter who I’m around. I haven’t felt this authentic since I was a child! You know, that 5-year-old sense of authenticity where they can go to the store in cowboy boots, a tutu, tank top, party hat, and tiara on and not think anything is out of the ordinary. I’m probably just a step away from that; I’m at the 7-year-old stage of authenticity but I’m working my way down to rock that tutu tiara combo in public if I want to!
Are you expressing your authentic self? Does your authenticity shine no matter where you are or who’s around? Can you relate to this post? Feel free to share in the comments!
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