Growing up

Thursday, May 06, 2010

“You never find yourself until you face the truth”
Pearl Bailey

“Growing up is not being so dead-set on making everybody happy.” Reba

Here is a painful lesson for me. I've wanted for so long in my life to make everyone else happy. Probably because I couldn't make myself happy. I couldn't like myself no matter how hard I tried. I could not like the person I was so I set out to make every one else happy, figuring if they were happy I was a decent person. It was rather backward thinking. In the end it was destructive. My happiness depended on others, and when I couldn't get the attention I needed I reacted negatively making myself feel worse. It really was a terrible spiral.

Part of this journey has been the discovery of myself and the fact that I like me. I like who I've become and who I'm working to be. I'm grateful I have my faith to help me define myself and help me get through each day. Everyday I like the person in the mirror a bit more. Thank you for pointing out my good points and for being there for me.

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    People pleasing is a terrible hobby! Growing into a person we like and can be proud of is a journey worth taking... and one that doesn't allow for many short-cuts.

    My extra weight has seemed to me lately to be a visible expression of how I have felt about myself. It shows that for many years I have not valued my body/self, not cared for it or shown it love. Although I did try to camouflage that with clothes and make-up! Now, with healthy fuel, and regular exercise, my deep-down self is starting to feel the love!

    I'm so glad that you are making such wonderful progress!
    3911 days ago
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