Don’t apologize for being yourself

“And while you may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you don’t have to be. Tea has never apologized for not being coffee.” ~Kristen Corley

There will always be people who want us to be someone other than who really are, but that doesn’t mean that you need to change or apologize for being yourself! You are amazing, precious, and beautiful just as you are.

 

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The pilgrimage of a lifetime

“I’ve accepted that the whole of my life will be a pilgrimage toward the sound of the genuine in me.” -Cole Arthur Riley

I often feel like I’ve “arrived” at the most authentic version of myself after some big breakthrough in growth or healing … only to find that there’s still more of the genuine in me left to discover. This pilgrimage toward the most genuine version of ourselves is a lifelong project, and it’s supposed to be that way. We haven’t failed by not arriving already!

 

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Disappointing the right people

“Know that whatever you do, you will disappoint someone. That’s okay. Just don’t disappoint yourself.” ~Michelle Marks

Disappointing other people is hard and uncomfortable for most of us, but the reality is that no matter how we contort ourselves to fit other people’s expectations, there will always be someone who is disappointed. It’s much healthier to make sure you stay true to yourself. Disappointing yourself is harder to live with in the long run than disappointing someone else.

 

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Blossoming into yourself

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” -Jim Carrey

We can spend so much time and effort worrying about what other people might think of the people we are becoming that we inhibit our own blossoming. Most of us could learn something from the flowers around us who blossom without worry into their beautiful selves.

 

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