“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy
“There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.” Cesar Chavez
“Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self-improvement; it's about earning approval and acceptance.” Brene Brown
Companionship and acceptance is something we seek all throughout our life. It starts from birth. We depend on our parents, who love and care for us. Sometimes, as you grow and become your own individual, acceptance becomes an issue. Yes, they love you; however, in looking out for your best interests so to speak, the free spirit and creativity you have in you can be stifled.
Being accepted in certain circles and labeled to a certain genre is easy for many people. Doctors, business owners, construction laborers, graveyard shift warehouse workers, your pizza delivery guy or gal, all have a part in making up our communities. Obviously, some make a lot more cash. We all can’t be doctors and not everyone is content with delivering pizza pies. It takes a vast diversity of people to make the world go around, and everyone serves a purpose. It is okay to be where you are. Don’t let someone tell you that you’re no one.
Marriage and children are great for some; just marriage, or just children for others; and even single for life is the plan for many. You don’t have to be married with children and own property to be someone.
It is wonderful to have a loving relationship with your parents and siblings. Sometimes the love is there, but without acceptance of who you are, it’s redundant. It seems more difficult for a free spirited, creative, artistic individual to find acceptance. The world is an uptight place and everyone thinks they know what is best for everyone else. We need to accept people for who they are, no matter how smart, rich, or crappy, they are. You need to be accepted for who you are.
We can spend so much time seeking out acceptance that we don’t see what is right in front of us. Let’s say you’re not married, no significant other. You have a friend that you can connect with…you share the same interests, make each other laugh. Just the thought of your friend brings you a smile. You would never try to change them, even their twists and quirks. You adore the free spirit and inner child you see in them. You accept each other for who you are, and the thought of seeing your friend stressed, sad, or in pain, well, hurts you deeply. They are in your heart. Maybe it’s time to stop seeking acceptance elsewhere. Maybe it’s time to appreciate and enjoy the friendship you have. It’s right in front of you, don’t let it go.
Remember, those who are always worried about what you are doing don’t matter, and those who aren’t worried, well they do. Take care of your inner child and don’t be afraid to shine. You have one life to live, so live it! Love yourself and enjoy being you.