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After spending many years being ashamed of my own life journey I’ve recently came to the realisation that it’s ok to own your story, to not be ashamed of what you haven’t achieved and instead look at what you have.
I spent years putting myself down because in my eyes I hadn’t achieved the same things that my peers had, so I wasn’t good enough. I think many of us look at other peoples lives and find faults in our own, but everyone has something in their life that they wish was a little different.
How great would it be if we all praised our own achievements instead of criticising ourselves?
For the last 5 years I’ve been ashamed because i couldn’t be like everyone else my age. The truth is that I’ve been fighting the biggest hurdle of my life. I had a stroke at age 22, in my final year of university and it shook my life up. I lost my sense of self, I lost friends but only because I didn’t want to seem that I was failing at life so I pushed everyone away.
Looking back now, I realise that I didn’t need to feel ashamed. I’ve spent the last 5 years using a wheelchair and needing a lot of help from my husband. I don’t know why I felt afraid to let people see that side of my life. I felt that it wasn’t what people would be comfortable with, so I hid myself away.
Why was I so ashamed after working hard to put my life back together? Why did I not see what I had achieved instead of what I hadn’t?
Now, at 27 I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. I’ve started being able to walk more and more importantly- I’ve been able to start a family of my own. I may not be where I want to be, but I’ve worked hard to get where I am.
Sometimes it takes more courage in life to own your weaknesses and turn them into strengths, than to try to fit in with what society thinks is achievement.
No matter what you struggle with, never be ashamed to be who you are. Flaws and all x