we can only be ourselves

IMG_4929.jpgit is always possible for people to change.  we grow, we adapt, we add, we subtract.  maybe not drastically, but we can be elastic.  and yet, we can only ever be steadfastly ourselves.  we will irritate some, inspire some, be abhorred, be adored.

what was hannah’s line in that girls episode?  “every bad thing you can think about me, i’ve already thought.”  something like that.  to which marnie replies, “i could think of a hundred mean things to say to you but i’m not going to.”  and isn’t that the truth?  there are things about ourselves that we will never notice, never see the way others see.  and there are things that we see that no one else ever will.

what i’m saying is this: we can only ever be ourselves.  we cannot apologize for who we are.  me?  i’m an overreacter.  i’m too sensitive.  i’m paranoid about how others perceive me.  but i’m also kind, fun, bright, silly.  so you see?  we have to take the good with the bad.

maybe it’s like the winter.  without it, we can’t enjoy the spring.  without the faults, we can’t enjoy the strengths.

>> my self portrait, please credit if taking.