Maybe this journey is not about ‘becoming’ yourself.
Maybe it’s actually about ‘unbecoming’ everything the world made you into.
Stripping off the layers you added one by one over the years to protect yourself, to hide the real you. The flaws, the quirks. The differences that made you stand out.
Chipping away at the shame you have built up time and time again when people told you you weren’t enough, you weren’t pretty enough, smart enough, good enough.
Hacking off the smoothed edges to reveal the ragged, rough lines you were born with. The real edges that ultimately make you the person you were supposed to be. The beautiful shapes you have learned to smooth over.
Maybe, what we all need to do is to get naked again, so to speak. Start over.
Who am I? What makes me me. What do I like? What makes me joyful? What makes me sad?
Look at your face. Those lines, those freckles, that nose, those eyes.
They are you and they are beautiful. Who told you they were not? More importantly, why did you believe them?
We all did.
The world needs you – not another copy – the original you.