When I was a child I hardly spoke to anyone. I wouldn’t even talk to my teachers at school! I was considered ‘shy’ by those around me. But when I looked up the definition of ‘shy’, I found that it means ‘having nervousness or timidity in the company of other people‘.
While this could’ve explained my behaviour to an extent, I don’t feel like it’s quite right. I wasn’t nervous around others. I didn’t speak because I didn’t want to be ‘wrong’ or to be tormented by others. I didn’t want to express myself and show the people around me who I really was because I thought they would laugh at me and wouldn’t accept me for being me. There would’ve been no chance I’d ever have poured my heart and soul into writing then expose it to the world either, that’s for sure!
I’ve always felt a bit ‘different’, but I’ve grown to realise that’s because I AM… and so are YOU. Everyone in this world is unique and needs to celebrate their individuality. We all have something to offer which we can only do when we stop pretending to be something we’re not, and learn to embrace our true personality.
I’m well aware of how difficult it can be to break away from past behaviours and begin to nurture yourself, love yourself and respect yourself enough to become the person you truly feel inside. I know the courage it takes to stand tall and show the world who you really are. I’ve been through it and I promise the more you practice, the easier it gets.
You have so much to offer this world and your life is so precious. Please don’t let it pass you by. How about taking the first step today by making the decision not to lie to yourself or others anymore and just see where it leads you?