Do you accept who you are? What you believe in? What you stand for? Or do you twist yourself into something more acceptable to society, friends and family?
There are people who turn themselves into somebody foreign, going against what they believe is right to fit in. They can feel the wall surrounding them closing off their inner self. It’s almost like fitting a round peg into a square hole. If it’s forced it will kind of, sort of fit. But, it will always be awkward and uncomfortable.
They find themselves vaguely dissatisfied with their lives, mildly unhappy but not quite knowing why. Often this sense of unease or dissatisfaction is called a mid-life crisis or depression.
But, what is it we really want? A new career, new spouse, new belongings? And when we try to satisfy ourselves with a different job, spouse or a new hot rod it lasts a very short period of time. Then we are back to feeling dissatisfied.
I think that what we really want is to be accepted for who we are. We want our inner child to be out, to get silly, play games and have fun without guilt being along for the ride.
Our need for this acceptance is a thirst that for some people is never quenched. For some, they find themselves where they least expect it.
This Thanksgiving try to accept yourself and those around you for who they are. Try to smile at the “you need to lose weight” comments or the “you never help/do anything for me” remarks. Spend the day just enjoying each moment and accepting that life can be good.
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