Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Happy belated Valentine’s Day! This is actually a perfect card for the occasion and a great time to talk about self love.
I’ve always prided myself on being weird *Kanye shrug* My friends and family love me for it and it is what it is. This has definitely come at a cost though; In genuinely being myself for most of my life, I have faced criticism, judgment, and rejection. There have definitely been times where I have questioned whether people would take me seriously because of who I am. Maybe for you it's not “I’m too weird to be taken seriously.” Try this “I’m too ___ to be taken seriously.” What did you replace it with?
This comes up for me a lot. The crazy thing is that my entire life has shown me that I will always be loved and accepted for being myself by the people who matter, yet I still focus on some perceived rejection that usually turns out to be nonexistent. Just the other day I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to listen to what I have to say, I haven’t been doing this for very long…” Let that sink in; thinking that something as arbitrary as a length of time would diminish my worth? Wild! Even wilder, that we let trivial thoughts like that keep us from doing things that we want to do. I know you can think of countless examples of this in your own life, from wearing a particular outfit to starting a business.
Not to sound cliché, but just do it. If you are passionate about it, if it makes sense to you, if you love it, go for it. Don’t discredit your knowledge, your skills, or your talents based on how others have done it or how you think people will react. Whatever “it” is, if you take it seriously, others will too.