"Why can’t I just be quieter?”
“Why can’t I just be less intense?”
“My laugh is so annoying.”
“My stretch marks are so ugly.”
“I wish I was less opinionated.”
“I wish I was more sassy.”
“My soft voice and gentle nature drive me crazy.”
“I can’t stand how emotional I am.”
“I wish I could show my excitement more.”
“Why do I crave affection so much?”
“Why can’t I just be more chill and relaxed?”
“Why can’t I just be good enough?”
“I’m disgusted with myself.”
The measuring stick we hold ourselves up to is INCREDIBLE.
“If you go searching for evidence you are not enough, you will always find it.” - Brene Brown
We have gotten so used to beating ourselves up for our personality traits, bodies, needs, and desires, we aren’t capable of shining the unique light we are meant to.
We have gotten too passive - listening too closely to all of the voices around us telling us to be something different.
Twist yourself into a tighter knot.
Cater to everyone else more.
Jump when they say jump.
If you could only be good enough, you’d finally have the love you long for.
You’d finally be liked.
People would finally buy your products.
You’d finally be successful.
So you apologize for your “shortcomings”. You try harder to follow instructions.
Here’s the truth, Love.
YOU DON’T OWE THEM A GODDAMN THING.
BROADCAST that loud voice.
FLAUNT those stretch marks.
PARADE that quirky laugh.
MAKE WAVES with all your opinions.
STAND PROUD of your gentle, nurturing nature.
PROCLAIM your love of affection.
BOAST your intense, passionate self.
STOP apologizing for all the “too much”s and “not enough”s.
MAKE A FUCKING SCENE.
It’s what you are HERE FOR.