I used to be ashamed of the lines around my eyes. I would nitpick every picture that included them. I remember when I first posted this having to push through that. I would hide them and feel intense shame. I would negative self talk my way out of showing anyone that side of me. All those qualities that I now talk about daily and work with others to eliminate. I recently did a kickoff Facebook live event with the new generation of Humankind that starts Monday. I told them something that without a doubt has been the most challenging piece of being a coach. I promised them that I wouldn’t ask them to do anything that I wouldn’t do. I’m asking them to love themselves in deeper and more meaningful ways and to eliminate the negative self talk and focus on growth. So while they are growing, I have challenged myself as well. This is post one of seven. This week I will show you a side of me that I’ve hidden because to me it’s been ugly. But life is not filters and photoshop. Life is raw and real. Sometimes real means laugh lines and a double chin. “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.
“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – #velveteenrabbit
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