I’ve learned many lessons throughout my journey in life, and one of the most important things I’ve learned is this: when I surround myself with the right people I can be “me.”
I can be my true self. I don’t need to hide who I am; I don’t have to act a certain way to be around someone; and I don’t need to be someone I’m not.
I don’t have to worry about them trying to change me because they accept me for who I am; I don’t have to worry about them stabbing me in the back because I trust them; and I don’t have to worry about not speaking my truth because they prefer my honesty over a lie.
I’ve spent years of my life being who everyone expected me to be and hiding who I truly was deep down inside. I was ashamed to be called a “dreamer.” I lived my life believing that “this was as good as it gets” and never thought I would have any better.
I’ve been criticized for being “too sensitive” and “emotional,” yet I’m an empath and that’s what makes me sensitive to the feelings of others and makes me feel emotions, both good and bad, deeper than most. It’s what allows me the freedom to write topics to help someone else. It’s what makes me love someone with all that I am.
Yet many years ago, after divorce and having had so many wonderful spiritual teachers, I changed…just like that.
I decided to live a life in which I was “free to be me,” and if you didn’t like that, you didn’t need to be inside my world or part of it.
I am proud to be called a “dreamer,” especially since I’ve met many dreamers along the way who have caught their dreams.
I no longer try to be perfect or fit the mold of how anyone wants me to be.
I am who I am.
There are those who like me for that, and those that don’t…and that’s okay.
I’m not perfect, but I’m perfect for me.
I have flaws but if you love me you’ll see them as flavorful.
The point is this: if you truly love someone you don’t try to change them. You allow them the freedom to be who they are, because truth be told, that’s the person you fell in love with in the first place.
I would never try and change anyone I love, but I will tell you that I’ve seen them change because of that unconditional love that I gave them.
And if they’ve given me unconditional love they’ll see that I changed as well, not because they wanted me to but because I wanted to.
When we give the people in our life unconditional love, respect, kindness and compassion, we allow them the freedom to be who they are without worry of our judgement or criticism. We allow them the peace in knowing that they are loved for “who” they are, not for “who” we want them to be me.
If you’re going to love someone, whether it’s a significant other, friends, children or family, please remember to love them for who they are and let them have their freedom to be who they are. Your love is what allows them to be all that they can and that is when you see the magic and miracle of true, unconditional love.
“Free to be me…”
It’s an incredibly good thing.
Wishing you love and light,