One of the saddest things in the world is not seeing yourself and not liking what you see. It’s seeing who you are and realizing that you are someone worthy of your love. And feeling all the years that you’ve spent withholding it.
Becoming aware that the only thing that has been holding you back from the self love and acceptance is yourself and your own envisioning of who and what you are. Skewed as it may be, it’s what has shaped your relationship with yourself.
Yet that’s also the wonderful thing. It means that you can change it. You crafted the way you see yourself now and you can chose to make the changes.
As I approach another birthday that truth is sitting heavily on my spirit…looking back honestly means looking forward just as honestly and being open about what I want to reflect on next year as my past. A past that I craft and navigate. Mine.
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison