It's Okay To Feel Different
Hello, I hope this message finds you well.
I wanted to share an idea with you. The idea that if you are capable of accepting others, you should be able to accept yourself. The past few weeks have brought a lot of radical changes in my life, guiding me to new realizations. The most important one is why I shame myself for things I am inherently passionate about.
Often times I've caught myself feeling guilty for things that I should not feel any guilt for. Even simple things! I believe it is important to be considerate of others and if you have any shame or guilt for how you treated them to apologize and leave the guilt behind. But how do you rid yourself of the guilt of just existing in a world that you feel you don't completely understand? Shaming yourself of the things that are inherently fundamental to your existence. Things such as spiritual belief, artistic ability, critical thinking skills, or even our own appearance. We have an incessant chatter in our heads of the criticism and judgments we feel others and ourselves have in our life and it does us no good.
But what if there was a wholesome alternative? One like releasing that criticism of yourself or others? Letting go of any judgment that you may feel, and coming to a space of clarity, where you accept yourself as you are. When you accept yourself fully and then move proactively in a direction that will be for the greater good of all. Space where you know that it is okay to be different. Where you are no better or no worse than those around you. Where you recognize your own unique talents and abilities and trust that your existence is for a purpose and see the same in others?
Now, this may seem far-fetched, especially for millennials who are in a constant loop of self-doubt or narcissism. We have ideas and feelings towards ourselves that others may never know, but I believe we are capable of becoming of aware of this. We must be honest with ourselves through self-talk. When you're alone feeding your head with thoughts and ideas, be mindful of what you are saying or feeling towards yourself. Are these ideas true? Do they hold value to me? What purpose does this thought or feeling serve? How can I release this if it doesn't? How can this benefit others?
I know these are a lot of questions to ask but these are thoughts I've been asking myself lately. Self-talk is something I am far from mastering but it is a work in progress and I hope that in itself encourages you to give it a try!
More than anything I want you to know it is okay to feel different! We all have parts of ourselves we may not reveal to the world, but the more we do, the more we heal. It's okay if you don't feel like you fit in. We're growing in a very drastically different and diverse world, and the more we accept ourselves, the more we can make a contribution to it. If you feel different, comment down below something unique that you appreciate about yourself! Think about how that unique thing holds value to yourself and others.
Til next time!