Embrace Who You Are!

It seems that we spend our lives trying to figure out who we are. During our teen years, we know everything. Our parents, well, they are simply clueless! Trust me, I have three teenagers, therefore I am clueless daily. As we enter our 20s, it seems that we are invincible…ready to take on the world! Then,  L-I-F-E starts to happen. Careers grow, babies boom, and as the big “30” is beckoning, a reality check starts to set in. Who am I? Where am I going? What do I really want to do with my life. When I think back on my 30s, my life was surrounded by Cheerios, The Wiggles (Come on parents out there, sing it with me…”Toot toot, Chugga Chugga, big red car…”)  No wonder I questioned who I was!

Keep in mind, if anyone would’ve asked me if I knew who I was, I would’ve said, “Of course! I know myself inside out and backwards!   Yet, at the time, my insides were churning with so many difficult questions… It was during my 30s that I realized I was, “playing for the wrong team“. It was in my 30s that I was determined to embrace the phrase,  “Just because my marriage ended, doesn’t mean my family has to“. It was during my 30s I spoke the words out loud, “I am gay“. During my 30s… I started to embrace myself.

And then we come to the last five years. The 40s. I love The 40s! The 40s rock!  All of a sudden, you don’t care what people think. All of a sudden, you start to notice the little things in life, the meaningful things…you realize what truly matters. As I turned 45, (which I might remind you is halfway to 90) I began to truly love and accept myself.  Each day, I continue my journey of “growing self. These two amazing books have been true life guides, during this time. If you are on a journey of growing self, I highly recommend:

Circle of Stones by Judith  Duerk

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

Love Yourself… Embrace Yourself… And Just Be You!

Roda

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