Reverting back to our childhood seems to be a recurring theme here on Build Your Bliss. I mean, think about it…kids are happy (much happier than adults) and they haven’t been tainted by the stress of the world. Their life is simple, their smiles are frequent, and they aren’t afraid to be confident.
So, when does that all change? What causes us to start being ashamed of the things that make us different? When does being unique become a flaw? When does confidence become a challenge?
When I was at home over the weekend, we pulled out a giant box of old pictures. We sifted through them for hours- reminiscing and laughing a lot. Let’s just say that I was quite the character…
The glasses, the gapped-teeth, the chubby cheeks…those are all things I look back on now and think “wow, how embarrassing…” But why? I don’t remember ever feeling ashamed back then. I wasn’t. I was happy. I loved my glasses and I thought it was really cool that I could practically fit a tic-tac between my two front teeth. I had my family, I had friends, and I had fun every single day of my life.
I want to go back to that. We all deserve to go back to that. Truly loving ourselves is the biggest [and most difficult] step in building our own personal bliss. It doesn’t mean that we’re perfect- there will always be things we want to improve- but it means that we’re confident in the people we are today.
So, let’s stop changing ourselves to fit the mold. Let’s be the quirky, awkward, real people that we were meant to be. Let’s channel that childhood confidence we once had and not spend one more day wishing our ‘flaws’ away. Let’s just be the best versions of ourselves and enjoy the ride.
Here’s to the awkward years…