This quote goes on to say ‘To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am’.
I read this as a mission of self-acceptance, self-compassion and ultimately self-love. And what an incredible mission to choose!
In many ways it sums up my own personal journey. My incessant worrying is often very subtle; I have struggled to even bring it into my conscious awareness at times. It shows up more in my behaviours, my reactions, and my choices…all the ways I abandon myself, don’t listen and trust myself. Those things I do to protect myself when I really feeling vulnerable and exposed.
I noticed it in my relationship with my partner recently, which is still quite a new relationship, the subtle ways I don’t quite show all of myself, especially my ‘flaws’ which I know, deep down, is a fear that he will not love me if I show him all of me, including my ‘crazy bits’.
I accept this mission. The mission to practice taking pride in all the different parts of me. This is definitely how I want to live my life. Authentically!
With great warmth