“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” –E.E. Cummings
So I am really struggling right now blog friends. I am finally starting to understand how much really loving people…not like your average gushy mushy love, but really pouring forward all emotions and heart into others is very hard. This means practicing understanding, patience, kindness, trust, and knowing eventually this period of love will pay off, Right? Practicing and encompassing all gifts of virtue and yet, strange enough that is not enough for a person to come to grips with how much love you are giving to them! Love is so foreign people who reside on the surface. They try to walk 100% away from this “love” thing because it is a vulnerable foreign feeling found only at the very core of our beings and when we were children. As adults, this is a feeling that is a rarity and seemingly so distant in our current live style.
Our hearts can become hard. Our attitude callused. And then when we find someone to which is willing to pour forth love and give you anything/everything you need for success–we are confused, tormented, and fearful as to WHY? Why me? Why do you have this invested in me? What did I ever do to you? Well the simple answer is you didn’t have to do anything…it is just because I love you!
As hard as this feeling of love is in demonstrating it to others…I think it can at times be hard to be yourself in such a world that can be cold and cruel. One should be themselves and have the strength and courage to do so to the best of their ability. Just simply being yourself is hard. Being yourself doesn’t mean being misguided like these “little rebels” can be…but, being yourself means stripping the fluff off and developing what’s left. That is the real you.
What a confusing, sometimes bitter cold world we live in today. Despite the negative, we must strive to ALWAYS find hope. There is still a lot of that in this world. Although you might have to dig a little deeper to find it. It will be well worth the scavenger hunt when the treasure: HOPE is found.
Last night, I was asked if I had ever been “skinny” dipping. (gasp!) Well not in the way he was thinking, but I have started walking naked more often.
Go on a walk today. Naked. I dare ya!
“Oh…but I can’t!” (you respond)
“Oh…but you can and you will probably love it!” says the CatMan!
(The crowd GASPS…….)
Strip yourself down to your core and walk around naked. You might actually like that version of you. That’s the hope I am talking about! You might feel smut free then and you may actually feel better about letting yourself out! Get to know the real you and embrace! Once that naked beautiful person comes out of the hard shell they were in, you could just discard that shell (as you won’t need it anymore). Don’t be afraid! The real you is not so bad.
We do it to Pistachio nuts all the time. They are considered elite nuts and when shelled they are beautiful! Precious green goodness. Just remind yourself that when you are second guessing “going naked”. 🙂
That is all,
❤ The CatMan