Learning How to be Me
Learning to be o.k. with who you are is a hard won life lesson. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.R. Cummings. One of the greatest things about growing older is that you just stop caring so much about what people think. You come to really ‘get’ what Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
This is a hard-to-learn truth. Some of us get there sooner. Some later. Some of us have more mental obstacles and hoops to navigate. It just takes time. I was definitely a 'late learner.' Having been born with some bone abnormalities that necessitated the amputation of my right thumb the summer before first grade set me up for a long uphill climb to try to reach the plateau of 'I think I'm ok.'