Tuesday, January 05, 2016

An expanded explanation of my intentions for the Year of Genuine Connection.

Do you know who you are?

Too many times in my life I’ve forgotten the answer to this question. I’ve lost myself in relationships, or through challenging life circumstances, and struggled to find my way back to myself.

In the months leading up to my grandfather’s death, I struggled the most. 

I had always defined myself as the kind of person who never took what I couldn’t give back, and yet there was the man who had given me the world, and I was realizing I wouldn’t be able to repay him before he left it. Who did that make me?

Eventually, I realized I’d been identifying myself all wrong. I’d been placing my value in the hands of other people instead of reaching within and finding my value there. I cared too much what other people thought of me, so I often never let them see the real me.

And I was so scared of what I would find that I often hid from myself as well.

This year, I’m making an effort to connect with myself. I want to know the real me, and more than that, I want to learn how to love the real me. Fully. Unconditionally. I’m going to make my opinion the one that matters instead of letting others define me.

I’ve said this before, but this time I have a plan to make it happen:

I’m going to be my own best friend.

What about you? 

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