I was reminded today of a time I had almost forgotten. A time in my life where I tried so hard to please those around me that I was like a chameleon. Not in a contrived way, not really. I was just trying to be liked by people. Can anyone relate?
Fast-forward to today and gradually over the years I didn't just listen to the advice of someone I respected a good decade ago when she said to me "Jennifer, not everyone is going to like you." I began to live that truth. It's taken me a very long time but I can say with all conviction that although I am flawed and will remain that way as long as I live, I like myself. I really do and if you don't, that's perfectly fine with me.
You see in the end, there's nothing I can do to please everyone so I made the choice instead to keep myself out of your business (since in the end I will never really know what it is you want anyway) and instead, live MY best life and love those who choose to make space for me.
Thank you for the reminder today, life. It's been a long, hard road to liberation but I am blessed and thankful for the opportunity to live in peace. Authenticity increasing every day I get to know myself just a little bit more.