I am currently re-reading Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown and she says: "True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." So, this is what I look like after my work out this morning. I know I don't have a flat stomach, or six pack abs, but that's ok because I'm going for progress, not perfection. I'm showing up authentically as myself and putting myself out there daily so I can belong to no one but myself. It's a hard concept to grasp. In order to belong, we first must belong to ourselves, otherwise we are just "fitting in." I'm just beginning to understand this concept, but I've realized it's too exhausting to please everyone all the time in order to just "fit in". I'm aiming for true belonging by authentically being myself.
How do you do you? Do that more often. 😍