blogging, Brené Brown, compassion, self-esteem

I matter

You’ll be happy to hear that I’m coming to the end of Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong so there’ll be no more references to it (until I read it again, that is 😉).

But I love one of the lines she has included in her last chapter so much that I had to share it with you, dear friend:

“A whole hearted revolution is a small, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, “My story matters because I matter”.

For many reading this post, it’s a no-brainer that you matter. You know this deep inside you.

But this truth hasn’t always felt real for me.

At worst I felt that my story did not matter because I didn’t matter and for much of my late teens/early twenties, I felt that my story only mattered if it was important to other people. So I had to win approval to matter through what I did for others.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time unpicking the past to explore why this was. I think I know why this was.

Instead, I just want to take a few moments to celebrate that in this moment I believe truly, fully, without one shred of doubt that my story matters because I matter. 

I believe that I count.

I believe that I’m important – if only to myself.

And in this moment, I catch a glimpse of the beauty and peace that comes from knowing intrinsically that I am enough. I don’t need to be anymore than I am to be whole. I don’t need to be anything other than myself to be happy and content in who I am, to fully love and accept my imperfect completion.

I matter. 

And I want to take this moment to reach out and let you know that I think you matter too.

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