“Just because someone can’t or won’t see your worth doesn’t mean that you don’t have any!!” … Susanne
It took me approximately 45 years to figure out that everyone else’s opinion of me was simply that … an opinion. It took me probably another 5 – 10 years to really jump-start my brain … get my internal landscape turned around … and let in that their opinions were actually … for the most part … incorrect! Wow you could have knocked me over with a feather!
Eleanor Roosevelt said: “No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent” and was she ever correct! Bit-by-bit … as I allowed myself to uncover … and acknowledge … the things that I actually could do well I found myself constantly amazed. I was amazed that: a) it had taken me so long to get it, b) I hadn’t even known that half of these qualities/talents were even in here and c) I had allowed other people to dictate my view of myself for so very long.
Like most people I still have my times when the mirror shows me every flaw … I feel like life is a confusing mess … and I wonder what the heck is going on. Fortunately these are more like moments now … rather than the life-pattern that I had previously adopted. These days I am surrounded by awesome family and friends who see my worth … often before I do … and are quick to point it out.
I brought back some great souvenirs from my trip through Medical-Crisis Land … and probably the best one was the gift of finally acknowledging who I am. I may not be perfect … heck who is … but with Miss Perky and Ms Sunshine by my side it’s no longer a life-crisis if someone doesn’t like what I think or do. Somewhere in the long trip Life convinced me to accept a pair of Its special Tune-Out-The-Negative-People earmuffs … and my life has been so much more pleasant ever since! I’d highly recommend ordering a pair for yourself … you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when your voice is the loudest one in your internal choir.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone