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“You” is the Best Person to Be!

DandelionOstrichesI have always loved nature.

Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve always felt the same about myself.

For many years I felt like two people – the gentle, appreciative nature-lover who would melt at the sight of a fledgling songbird….and the terrifying tormenter within who raged against even a glimpse of her own reflection.

Finally, I had simply had it. I was dying and I knew it – if not yet in body, then most certainly in spirit.

I also knew my only option – if I wanted to survive – was to live the life I’d been given as “me.”

So I started wriggling and wrangling and twisting and turning, trying in every which way to find something to enjoy about being me. 

Eventually, through sheer determination and (thankfully) an innately strong sense of humor, I began to find things to appreciate about myself.

Today, I am more apt to laugh than cry when I make mistakes. I readily embrace my sense of humor, my creativity, my quirkiness, my courage.

And I continue working very hard on myself in areas where I feel weak, fearful, angry, lonely, or judgmental, because a) these experiences interrupt my enjoyment of being myself, and b) I know I am the only person who will ever get to live as “me,” and I want to make the most of such a rare and precious opportunity.

If you are reading this and thinking, “OMG how cheesy” – just know I used to feel the EXACT same way.

If you are reading this and thinking, “No way will I ever enjoy being the small, scared, shameful person I am” – well, I used to have those thoughts too. Every. Single. Day.

If you are reading this and thinking, “Ohhhh….I WISH. But that just won’t ever happen for me. I can’t – it is impossible.” I tell you with 150% certainty – the kind that can only come from firsthand experience – it is POSSIBLE.

It is oh-so possible.

If it is possible for me, it is possible for YOU.

It is possible for you to realize, to feel it for yourself – that being “you” is the VERY BEST person to be!

p.s. this post is from MC’s monthly ezine, “Good News” – view the entire edition HERE

Today’s Takeaway: When you look back over your life to date, do you see signs of progress in terms of how you feel about and relate to yourself? When you look ahead at your life yet to come, do you have goals about where you want to be and what you want to experience when it comes to “you being you?”

“You” is the Best Person to Be!

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Mentor. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2016). “You” is the Best Person to Be!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2019, from


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