Being Comfortable With Being Yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to belong. We can’t really help it, we’re all connected. We have to feel like we’re a part of something bigger than our own self — that we matter to other people.
This is a desire that is woven into the very fabric of our being.
But oftentimes, in this desire for belonging and external significance, we suppress our best qualities out of fear that we’ll lose our standing with the people we associate with the most.
There’s no doubt that belonging is important. It’s integral to the unfolding of our own human experience.
But equally important is being comfortable and confident with being yourself around others. Being who you really are, rather than what family tradition or culture or the hive-mindedness of religion has told you who you should be.
If you’re 100% certain that your fear of rejection is valid, than it might be time to reconsider the people that you most associate with.
But I’ve realized through my own experiences, that most of our fears are self-imposed.
We underestimate people.
In fact, you’d be pretty darn amazed at how accepting certain people really are.
Sometimes all it takes is a little self-confidence on your part — being comfortable with being the real, authentic you — to turn someone else’s opinion around.