By Lucie Dickenson ~
Stop apologizing for who you are. Love and accept your whole self!
” I am sorry I cannot make it tonight “
” I am sorry I am feeling tired “
” I am sorry I did not return your text “
I spent years of my life apologizing for me. You see, I have always been a person that is a bit of an introvert. I like being alone. Not lonely. Alone. I am not that party person that can drink all night, dance until dawn and get up and do it again, especially with huge groups of people. I have an energy that seems to deplete quickly. What I mean is I can absolutely go out and have fun with my tribe when I choose, but I need downtime after that. Of course I love being with friends, but I also crave time to myself. It is a balancing act that I honor.
What is interesting is people have written their own story about me. And I bought into their story. The story was this: That something was wrong with me because I was not like them and did not enjoy the constant party and socialization. I actually began to believe something was wrong with me, because that was the signals I was receiving from everyone. Then, I learned I had an empathic energy. And having this energy validated that it was imperative for me to have down time, to nurture myself more than most, to remove myself from over-stimulation and drama.
I stopped apologizing and gave people my clear answers.
I am not sick.
I am not depressed.
I am not avoiding you.
I am not dealing with a vitamin deficiency or blood disorder.
I am, however, taking care of myself and loving myself.
I am me. And along with all the great qualities I possess, some of those qualities reveal themselves to others as quirky traits. And there is no need to apologize to anyone for who I am. Having this empath energy has given me the incredible ability write, to read others, to hold immense compassion, to help others to see a way to heal, to connect others and to feel.
And the same goes for you. Embrace who you are and the gifts God has given you. Sometimes some of those gifts may be difficult to understand, but know there is no need to apologize for who you are. Just because others may not understand, does not make them wrong. Accept and love your whole self.
We were not meant to be exactly like one another. We were made to compliment and help one another. Every one of us is unique and that is designed purposefully. Together, when we elevate our differences and work with them and not against them, we become a collective force that can move mountains.