Self acceptance first…

blue-eyes-237438_1920One of the hardest things in life can be learning to accept yourself for who you are. Many of us know what it is like to experience prejudice or discrimination of one form or another, particularly those of us that are a part of the LGBTQ community. There are still haters out there who are seemingly incapable or unwilling to come to terms with the idea that not everyone is like themselves, and nor do they have to be, however, the reality of being different to the perceived mainstream in society is often compounded by our own negative self-beliefs and perceptions.

True, many self-beliefs are borne from the words and behaviours of others, especially of those close to us at an early age, but as we grow older we can also be adept at taking on negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves that are either based on mistaken interpretations or our own assumptions as to how others see us, which can stem from past experiences but are not necessarily either accurate nor true.

As we go through life it can be easy to allow our own inner conflicts to spiral out of control, and human nature is such that we will clutch at any straws that reinforce our negative feelings about ourselves. It is therefore surprising once we begin to learn to accept ourselves for who we are, that we begin to realise that a good deal of our beliefs about others and their negative attitudes toward us are not as real as we once thought. That people are more accepting of us than we realised, and life is so much better once you come to terms with yourself and accept who you are as being a worthwhile person with the right to simply be you.

Yes, there will always be bigots out there, but they may not be as many as you think, and the world can be so much easier to deal with once you’ve let go of that inner conflict that you’ve been fighting against all of your life … until now! Accept yourself for who you are, and maybe you’ll find others doing the same in a way that you never thought possible.

Love and hugs to all,

Becky x

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