True Belonging

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” - Brene Brown // I hope you know you don’t have to hide. All of those people who have hurt you + all of those circumstances that have caused you to put on mask after mask, covering up the genuine you, I apologize on their behalf. You never deserved to be put down or hated or ridiculed. But hurt people hurt people and all of us are fighting our way through growth and overcoming scars. Authenticity involves imperfection - that’s the beauty of it all. It is so strikingly magnificent to see someone just as they are, after the masks are taken off and the smoke and mirrors are cleared. Belonging starts with you + no one has the power to tell you you don’t belong if you don’t give it to them. Accept yourself. That’s what it comes down to. It is the hardest but most rewarding part of growth. Love yourself so you can love others. You are so incredible. I know you are.