April 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment
This topic comes from The Daily Post
Where do you find acceptance? For your ideas? For the secret notions you have for who you really want to be? Or think you are? Who are the friends, family, or co-workers who are most accepting for your true self? And how do they demonstrate their acceptance? What is different about how they treat you than other people?
The topic of self-acceptance is important to me because it took me a long time to accept myself for who I really am. I spent a lot of years trying to mold myself into the person that I thought would be more acceptable to others and to society in general. In my journey to find acceptance, I began to realize that the only way I could find true acceptance was to accept myself for who I was. I do not fit the mold of mainstream society by the way that I look, my personality, or my values. I’m a fiercely individualistic, independent woman and I make my own decisions about the journey that I’ve chosen to take in this life. I don’t consult anyone and I live my life the way I want to. For many people, my independence can make me seem selfish or self-centered but all I have is myself. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t consider how my actions will affect others. I am a quiet, observant, introverted person and I love my solitude. This goes against society’s love of extroverts and constantly being the life of the party. I am also a creative person that values all things beautiful and expressive. I don’t always think or act in a linear, defined way and that can seem strange to many.
I accept myself for the person I am and I no longer care whether others are accepting of me or not. I don’t want to live my life as someone who followed after others but as the person who had the courage to follow my own unique path. I don’t want to be the person that looks on their life and wonders how life would have been if they had tried something different or stepped outside the box. The only two people who I can honestly say are accepting of my true self are my parents. They know me and they encourage me even when they don’t understand my motives for some of the things I do. I think this is because they are also very independent people and they see many of their characteristics in my personality. They are not critical of who I am and they do not try to force me to be someone who I’m not.