With my birthday coming up, I have been reflecting a lot on my life lately. All those things I used to believe that I’ve since changed my mind about. My life has changed in so many ways, but the most significant change is the fact that today, I own myself, unapologetically! This is a monumental shift from the girl who used to live her life according to other people’s expectations, was obsessed with making everyone else happy, had too many fears and doubts, and wanted to be perfect for others. This self-reflection has reminded me of the benefits of self-acceptance and the importance of being yourself. Being yourself unapologetically makes all the difference in the world, in how people perceive you, and how you, in turn, interact with others. Here are 5 things you can do to be yourself, unapologetically!
1- Accept every inch of your body and mind:
In a world that seems to be telling you to become something, you’re not, be everything that you already are. Own yourself, regardless of who you are, what you do or what you look like. Embrace your life where you are today. Accept yourself fully, as an imperfectly moral human being. Live your life shamelessly, without feeling guilty or apologizing for who you are.
2- Make more conscious choices:
Make choices that resonate with your core values and beliefs. You don’t need to justify yourself to anyone. There will always be people that don’t understand your path, they will judge and criticise you no matter what you do. Learn to care more about what you think of yourself and less about what others think of you.
3- Get out of your comfort zone:
As you start owning yourself and become more and more unapologetically you, you will begin to lose interest in the things you used to find interesting. You will learn more about yourself and push those self-created boundaries of what you think is possible. Everything will seem different: you, your life, your friendships, and relationships. No matter what happens, never be afraid to be yourself or explore different things until you find peace within yourself. Do things that scare you, feel comfortable in your skin and share your experience with others, unapologetically.
4- Only apologize if you mean it:
You should never apologize for making positive changes in your life or leaving behind toxic people and relationships. Don’t express regret for who you are, how you feel, or for saying “No” to things that are harmful to you.
5- Dare to be different and unapologetically you:
It is so easy to get caught up in trying to be like everyone else, to compromise who you are for who everyone else thinks you should be, to try not to be weird or strange. Although it’s human nature to want to be accepted by others, the only acceptance that is important is your own. Don’t be afraid to be different and don’t make apologies for things that make you happy. Embrace what makes you unique, and always be who you are, fearlessly and unapologetically.