I have discovered some stuff about myself. Self discovery at any age is always good, but I think the older you get, the more you should be comfortable in your skin. I've been trying to make sense out of life for a very long time and actually I've been trying to make sense out of me. Not because I don't know me, but because sometimes life and people make me doubt me.
Which is another thing I've discovered at 50, I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to figure out people's issues in a way that it helps to explain their issue with me. There is so much more to life than to be stuck in bullshit, mine or anybodies else. Spending more energy on trying to get people to like you, rather than liking yourself is wasted time. Self-approval must come first, and if you are mad crazy about what other people think, then you are not comfortable in your own skin. When you like you, you will draw the people in your life that will value, the value in you. If your time is spent people pleasing, then you don't like you as much as you like other people liking you.
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Yes, self discovering is a wonderful thing. Sometimes we let life and people keep us hanging in the balance trying to make sense of it all; afraid if we name it someone will criticize us. That's deep, we be scared to name who we are for fear that someone will say shame on you! But then what's the point of knowing who you are if you can't name it?
Truth be told, at the end of the day, another person's spin on your life, may be bogged down with their shit and they may be defining you based on their own madness. Your madness is what counts and is enough!
I know I'm speaking some truths right here... Don't miss it. There have been times in my life where I've done some shit and said, "Girl, now you know that shit was wrong for you and everybody involved." Often times we go into situations with best intentions, and sometimes, shit happens and we try to figure out how we even got there, but that's life. Figure it out and move on. Grow from it! And no you don't have to explain it to anybody else. See, when you do that, you are asking for approval in a sort of way. BIG MISTAKE! People will never understand your journey the way you understand your journey. Don't spend one moment trying to make them say, it's ok. That approval will have to come from within. You are the most important person to you, you have to be the one that is ok.
You are living in your skin. Your experiences are yours, take ownership for you and be ok with that. You don't have to kick your ass, the lesson learned was enough and you certainly don't need someone else kicking your ass.
Then there have been other times, when I've said, "I don't like how this feels." No one had to tell me to stop, my honest introspective said it for me. Everyone wants to be your expert, expert your damn self! True growth will only come from introspective.
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Be your own expert! Know that you know, that you know. But to know, you have to look within and be honest and then live in your truths! Don't let people shame you for you. The longer you stay bogged down in shame, the longer it will take you to be a better you.
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I also know that I'm on an awesome journey right now. With this self-assurance I've come to an openness in life that I have never had before. Something is changing in me. I can't name it but I can feel it. But the starting point was accepting me for me. And I'm ok being ok with the fact that the me I'm ok with, won't be ok with everyone else. I can't live my life for everybody else, I live for me and the purpose that is within me.
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