“The picture we present to ourselves of who we think we ought to be obscures who we really are.” – Mark Epstein, MD
For most of my life I lived according to what I thought I was supposed to do. I put incredible pressure on myself to excel academically and athletically; the more I achieved, the more pressure I felt to achieve more. I never felt what I did was good enough, and I knew for sure that I wasn’t good enough. The pretty picture I presented of myself kept me, and others, from seeing the anxious and lonely young woman behind it. Or so I thought.
I think a lot of us move through the world in this way. We try to show others what we think they want to see. The problem with this is that who we really are is missed. We cover over the parts of ourselves that we feel are unacceptable, or not good enough, and we begin to forget that there is someone under that covering.
What if, instead of being the object of our minds , we became the subjects of our hearts?