I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life. Some might be seen as extremely embarrassing. But I don’t really regret any of them. My 45 years of life experiences – good and bad, embarrassing or not, have all combined to make me the person I am today.
I don’t dislike who I am today. I am finally at a point in my life that I like myself. Every mistake I made, every good thing I did. Every life I saved or lost – all of it has added up to creating “me”.
So I am what I am. And I am comfortable with me, it, whatever.
I don’t have a deep desire to prove anything to anyone anymore. I don’t feel compelled to embellish, because I just don’t think I need to. I am what I am. As Judge Judy would put it, “I am fully cooked”.
And I like the way I came out – I am not proud of everything I have done in my life, but overall I have more pride than embarrassment, and that’s probably more than I could have hoped for.
In spite of my recklessness, my youthful ignorance and my determination to screw my life up, I ended up a parent of two wonderful kids, and I’ve done well by them. Not perfect, but ok. And that’s good enough for me.
There are of course a lot of little things I would do different if I could, but in the end they wouldn’t have mattered. I would still be me.
Hopefully you being you is as comfortable to you as me being me is to me today.
Like yourself. Love others. I don’t think you can’t reach your true potential until you can do these two things.