Since turning thirty a number of years ago, I have really grown into a person that I am proud to be. I had spent many years before that x-mark on the calendar trying to be many things for many people and it was emotionally draining. I had put the small pieces of myself on a shelf and created a false picture based on fitting in the pieces that others had been trying to force into the frame of my puzzle. Not only had I done myself a grave injustice, but I tried to pass off a fake portrait as art.
Since that defining moment in my life, I have retrieved those small pieces of myself and worked steadily at rebuilding my own puzzle. Each piece now gently falls into place and I feel much more of a sense of accomplishment knowing that this puzzle is the one I should have been working on in the first place.
You are only a reflection of yourself and it is a defining moment when you can truly embrace the person you are and not the person who others think you should be. It was a hard road for me to follow but each step was worth the anguish, each misstep was worth the correction, and each failure was worth the lesson.
I used to deflect compliments, and sometimes old habits die hard, but now when I receive kind words I can truly take them to heart because those words reflect who I am to the core of my being. Now that I am being honest with myself, and just being myself, those words have greater meaning because they fall on the ears of the person I wished I had given myself permission to be so many years ago.
Have no regrets though. Those times, that were, have now helped to shape you. We live – we make mistakes – we grow and hopefully become better people.
I completely agree with that.
This is lovely. One of the benefits of getting older is better fitting into our skin. It’s refreshing.
Some people never get to that level of acceptance. I think it’s wonderful.
I’m glad you’re more open to compliments these days because, heck, there’s a lot to compliment you about!
What a sweet thing to say, thank you my friend. 🙂
Good luck on completing the puzzle!
Thank you. 🙂