What it takes to be yourself?

 

”Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

– Margery Williams

 

Hello, dear readers!

I read yesterday a story called “The Velveteen Rabbit” and I wanted to share with you a short paragraph from it. In my eyes, it’s about becoming authentic in life. I will let the paragraph speak for itself. Enjoy 🙂

“What is REAL?” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Lots of love and always remember – be authentic each passing day. You can never get ugly, only more beautiful.

Hugs,

Mădălina Dan

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Cannot fit in? You were born to stand out!

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Dear Society,

Thank you for making me not fit in. I hated my status for a while. I thought that I was definitely not good enough for the role that you gave me. I thought that going against your rules was something bad and unkind, something that I shouldn’t do. So I kept my mouth shut. I denied my truth and tried to go with the mold but that made me see myself as broken, wrong and crazy, just because I was feeling inside my heart all the injustice of this world. I took a hard blow and I was on the ground because your structures and your lies almost deceived me. When I got back up, I looked around and saw other people walking with their eyes closed, denying their own truth, just as I was.

Now I cannot do this anymore. I cannot keep my eyes closed when others are hurting. I cannot just shrug it off and pretend it’s not happening. I’m seeing hurt people every day and it just cuts my heart wide open. I want to do something about it, to find a way to serve.

Lately, I found out that I haven’t been concerned with the mundane, but rather with the thirst of changing the world. Most of the time I say to myself that I will change something about this world. I believe that with all my heart. For each person, I touch I change something because every person is a world within themselves.

I know you’ve told me that there’s no place in here for people like me. That’s mostly a lie. There is enough place for everyone. I can make my way through the crowd while at the same time paving my own path. Brick by brick. Stone by stone. You lied to me. You betrayed and deceived my trust. So I have one last message for you, dear society:

’’ Thank you for making me feel inadequate. I’ll be forever grateful for that. You’ve just shown me that I cannot accept a road filled with pain and misery. I can only settle for happiness and inspiring others to bring out their best selves. Thank you for making me feel crazy, but let me tell you a secret – the great ones always are. Please smile as your old structures are falling down. ’’

Lots of love,

Mada