I like this post by author Alexis Rose so much, I just had to reblog it. Here are some things that particularly jumped out at me:
“I don’t have to be afraid of who I am, or what I have to say.” ~This is a huge lesson to learn, one that I am still learning!
“I used to be so afraid of what others may think of me, or worse, be someone I wasn’t, because I was afraid people wouldn’t like the real me and run away.” ~Oh yes, me too! I can still be like that at times, although I am getting better about this.
Years ago, when my fellow nursing students shocked and honored me by electing me class president — something I did not ask for or expect — I was convinced that if they REALLY knew me, my “mental illness” history, etc, they would not like me. All the way through nursing school I worked super hard to maintain the image I thought was expected of a class president. It almost killed me, but I maintained perfect 4.0 grades in every subject all the way through, because I did not want to let anyone down.
By the end of the year, I sensed that a large number of my classmates had come to regret electing me president. Now, I believe I probably would have been better liked if I had been a lot more authentic.
“…there are times I still get sucked in and find myself in a situation where I need to change or create a boundary. But that’s okay, it’s all a process and a practice. The practice of living an authentic, connected and compassionate life.” ~I don’t have anything to add to this, Alexis Rose said it all, right there.
Thank you for reading, God bless, and Happy New Year. I am keeping comments closed on this post, so you can visit the UNTANGLED blog and comment there, instead. ❤ ❤