I hope one day you wake up and realize that you are whole on your own.
That you don’t need a thousand words from other people to affirm your worth.
I hope you see the light in your own eyes and the beauty you are capable of bringing to the world.
Some days I see it, and other’s it’s hard.
But I see it most days now, whereas before such days came so few and far in between.
I always thought it would be impossible to believe that who I am is enough. It isn’t easy for anyone. All of us seem to have a fascination with “enough.” We are constantly thinking we have to do something outside of ourselves to be seen as complete, enough, valued, or worthy of love.
But maybe even if we never “accomplished” anything else for the rest of our lives our presence here would still be enough. Our laughter and love and hearts. Who we are at the core of our being is not defined by success or failure or accomplishments.
We can get so caught up in running after trophies that the world awards us for busyness, beauty, and fame, that we forget about why we’re here. That we forget that it is not selfish to step back from something. That it isn’t bad to let go of seasons and move on. That it isn’t a mistake to leave something that might be pulling us farther and farther away from who we were created to be–even if everyone thinks we should stay.
Insecurity-Wholeness-worthiness-they are laying on my heart heavily lately. How we spend all of our lives thinking we have something to prove when in reality we are missing our life because we are trying to convince people who don’t really care or people who are broken themselves to tell us we have what it takes. We spend all of our time looking for approval from people who don’t even have the capacity to give our soul what it needs.
So many of us can feel whole because we’re pieced together with the glue of people’s affirmations and approval and likes and comments. But if we took everything that people ever said about us away, would we fall to pieces? Cheap glue may be easy and convenient but it doesn’t last forever. We’re going to start falling apart if all their opinions are holding us up, because they could change their minds in an instant.
I don’t have it all figured out. In fact, I’m starting to realize how I know less and less every day. I don’t know the way God wants me to view myself. I’m still learning that. I don’t always remember why I’m here. I don’t always have faith like I should. Some days I’m overwhelmed with so many doubts. There are a lot of areas of my heart that are so stubborn.
But I’m starting to realize that I don’t need people to affirm who I am every moment of every day. If someone doesn’t have the eyes to see the beauty and worth in me, in you, it has nothing to do with who we are and everything to do with their vision. You cannot spend all of your time proving to everyone in this world that you are enough and worthy of love.
So I really hope one day you wake up and realize that you are whole on your own. It might not be today, but you are getting there.
Speak, laugh, dance, write, live and simply be.
You. Are. Whole. my friends.
Much love, Laura