This is for You. For everyone.
For those in my real social life, and those who are just as real in my social media life.
For those who may have entered my orbit yet remain unknown.
For those I do know who occasionally irk me, this one’s for you, too.
Turn the camera on yourself, right now. Take a selfie no one else will ever see.
Then, consider this:
2020 is going to go down as The Year You Did Not Crack.
There’ve been a lot of attitude adjustments. Mostly for the better.
But some of you have faced multiple moments of: I’m too old for this. I don’t have to put up with that. I’m done for good – and for my own good.
Even as you solidly define your new limits, I’m still hearing apologetic self-belittlement for taking a stand, narrated as shame: “I cracked.”
No. No, you did not. You did not crack.
You filled fissures that have been worn deep for years with self-saving cement; not to harden yourself, but to protect yourself.
You’ve broken down who you are and decided not to be broken, anymore. You stunted the cracks.
Think about that. How kind you’ve been to yourself. How you’ve decided you love yourself instead of focusing on those who don’t.
Filling your voids has made you stronger. On behalf of every soul in your universe, I thank you.
This gift of self-favor has freed you. The most precious part? Affording others your priceless presence when your strength is needed to shore them.
Smoothing over the surface doesn’t mean you are hiding anything.
It means you have layered purposeful protective boundaries. Swathed the hurt in pristine swatches of emotionally sterile gauze. Taped down so hard, the underneath can’t help but heal from the inside out.
The process never needed to be pretty, you just thought it did. Blisters heal ugly, and you probably call them so. But, knowing you the way I do, I think they’re absolutely gorgeous.
Choose your poison – doesn’t matter to me which way you say it. Just say it aloud.
Alone, if you are. Or, alone, if it makes you feel better.
“2020 is going down as The Year I Did Not Crack.”
“2020 is going down as The (explicatives can be empowering) Year I Did Not Crack.”
Turn the camera back on. Take another selfie.
Do you see the difference? Believe what you see.
No apologies needed; none accepted.
Now, show the world what you got.
Quote for the Week:
Song for the Week: Fall Out Boy, Save Rock And Roll.
You are what you love
Not who loves you