Affirmations! Or Reminders as I like to call them
Yesterday a dear friend send me a picture with some affirmations in it.
Ok.. Don't roll your eyes...... I am not talking about standing in front of the mirror and telling yourself things. Well.... If its works for you, then great.
It kept me thinking. I am on a personal hiking trip up the existential crisis mountain....
I hated who I was until 2016 September. But then someone forced me to open my eyes. And I did.
It took me a while to figure out that who I was till then was not really who I am inside. You know.. The soul thingy.....
I was everything everyone wanted. I tried to be.
The universe had other plans though.
I do have words and sentences that I fall back into when I feel hurt, broken, not good enough and a million other things......
I am an engineer.... I like science. I like theories and data based on past occurrences. So, I call them Reminders.
Things I know based on my own past experiences. I repeat them when life kinda sucks at times.
This is where headphones help....
I walk around talking out loud with headphones on. that way I seem less nuttier...... I hope. :D.
These are few of mine.
"You will get through this. You have gotten through some pretty serious stuff. There are two options. Either you get through this- which is fabulous. Or you don't. Both ways, there is always an option to move forward.
You will get through this."
"I like myself. I like the f*ing mess I am. I am proud of who I am today. Yeah. that sounds corny. But hey, it's what it is."
"I am who I decide to be. Not the labels or talks or names others assign."
"There are 7 billion people on this planet. No one is that special. I am not unique. So, logically that means there are others like me. I just have to find them.
I just have to find my tribe."
What are yours, I wonder now?
Be who you are. There is no shame in being whatever you want to be.
First to yourself. Then to others.
Its not selfish. Be brave to do what you have to do. Don't be a martyr. No one benefits from one who chooses to be a martyr for the wrong reasons.
Love who you are. Then you will be able to love others. Don't lose yourself in love. Then you won't be able to love others truly. Give love from a place of who you are. Always keep that ground.
Find what free means to you. Then be that. Freedom is not given to you. Its not taken from you either. You can find your freedom even in the darkest of the corners of imprisonment. And you can lose it even in the best of the open places too. So find your freedom and hold that above it all.
Cant get any nerdier than that.