We live in a society that takes us far away from discovering our self, our "TRUE" self. What makes me, who I am? Is it what we think? What we do? Our role in the world? Is it our purpose? .
We are creatures of habit and products of our environment. We determine our self worth and self identity through external experiences, feedback from others-through likes on social media to being noticed by our leaders and team members in the workplace for what we do "right". Is it so absurd to acknowledge our acceptance for a mistake as a strength, as through it we are able to grow individually and together?
There are times in our lives where we all feel unhappy. Even when we think we have overcome a situation that created unhappiness in the past, we are unaware of how it has affected who we are and what we do. We suppress these emotions and subconsciously act on them. We are socially conditioned to think that feeling weak means that there is something wrong with us or that taking a risk and making a mistake is a sign of failure.
I am seen as "an emotional person", but it was always put in a negative light by my family, friends and significant others. I judged myself for being this way, and naturally suppressed tears or anger, instead of accepting these uncomfortable feelings. It affected how I dealt with problems in my relationships and changed the way I felt about myself. Instead of learning how to trust my feelings, I abandoned them (and myself) and adapted to the situation. Realizing this now, I am learning to accept this intrinsic ability to feel deeply , as a compass for what I want and who I am, which also helps me understand others better.
Self growth comes from questioning what you feel and why. Self care/love means taking the time to get to know yourself, reflecting on the past, seeing how circumstance connects us to the now, and envisioning what we want to change for the future.
Believe in yourself.
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