Accept it: You’re Only Human!

My Journey to My Human Self

“The best way to lighten your mood is to lift the weight of the world off of your shoulders.”

– Rob Liano

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Stop Playing God, Embrace Your Human

“What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.”

– Brené Brown

5 Reasons to Embrace Your Humanness

“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”

– Caroline Myss

  1. You will have the power to say “no” to things that don’t matter to you.
    Understanding your limits means that you don’t have to be everything to everyone. That understanding will empower you to say “no” to things that you don’t want to do or that you don’t have time for. As a result, you will start to build a life that is made up only of things that make you truly happy — things that speak to who you are as a unique human. You will have and understand boundaries that keep you healthy.
  2. You will gain a greater ability to say “yes” to the things that matter to you
    As you eliminate things that don’t fit in your ideal version of life, you will begin to see more clearly the things that do fit. You will be empowered to say “yes” to the things that you really want in your life! It could be a self-care day, a weekend to rest and do absolutely nothing, more time with friends and family… saying yes to the things that make you feel alive within your life ultimately allows for more of what you want to come into it.
  3. You will have the ability to live freely as your authentic self
    Embracing your human limitations isn’t actually limiting at all. It’s freeing! You will have the freedom to be yourself, to begin something new, to be bad at something, make mistakes, and start over again. You’re allowing yourself to ask for help when you need it and maybe even having a complete meltdown every once in a while. You have permission to be your authentic self, whatever that looks like. Everyone needs to scream and cry sometimes. The energy we intake all day has to go somewhere — internalizing it leads to stress, letting out is a cathartic release.
  4. You will see value in community
    When you are less focused on yourself and the pursuit of being the best amongst others, you will see the value in the people around you. Rather than seeing others as distractions or competition, you will see them as your fellow humans and realize that we’re all in this together. You might even realize that you’re more apt to lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. You may end up seeing other people’s strengths as an opportunity for collaboration rather than being envious. I believe that the greatest success comes when we work together. Life is tough, but it’s a bit easier when we don’t have to bear the load alone — we can be better together. Stepping outside of the “bubble” you’ve created for yourself will help you see that.
  5. You will create deeper connections with others
    When we come to terms with the fact that we don’t have it all together — and we don’t need to — we can be more honest with ourselves and others. That honesty allows us to connect with others on a deeper level. No more superficial interactions, everyone has different stories but our humanness is the most relatable part of all of us. It’s the core of who we are, what makes us unique, and gives us the ability to grow together. It is in this depth that true empathy, compassion, and love can manifest.

A Plea for Change

“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

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