Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back
by michelle w. on July 31, 2013
Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.
I do have come a long way. Yes, indeed I have.
I was barely a teen when I learnt that it was okay to be embarrassed of your own parents –> you’ll find a little insight here. Ever since my dad forgave me for hesitating to be seen with him, the lesson sort of backfired.
It was then that I learnt that I could hide who I was and no one would be able to tell the difference. The confusion of who I actually was and who I was pretending to be paid its toll especially on my self-esteem. And then, people happened. And then, peer pressure happened.
I wanted to become a boy [my teen self assumed that if I were a boy, it would solve all the problems in my life]. I started sneaking into my brother’s shoes [3-4 size bigger than mine], stuffing them with socks to fit my tiny [size 3, even now] feet. I cropped my hair short, wore hoodies and spoke like someone not me.
From an A grade student I came down to C’s and D’s. My teachers were stunned to see me backing out from writing competitions and elocution. I alienated myself from my schoolmates, family and basically everyone around me. On top of that, I was constantly at a battle with my anger issues. I was becoming a prisoner of my own vice. The days of experimenting with strange drugs were on the rise. I was doomed, well almost.
But times were a changing…. In high school, I met this amazing friend who accepted me with all these vices. I’m still and will always be grateful for her for what she did to me then. She saw the sensitive side of me beyond the anger. It was strange and I never admitted then, but her acceptance was the beginning of my real self’s comeback. I wrote for the school magazine and was the ghost-writer for two of my friends.
Then I hit the couch where my therapist told me that my anger was actually a shield to protect my hyper-sensitive self. It was too shocking not to be true. Although, I managed to laugh at him and never saw him again, it was still too shocking to be true. But true, it so was. That’s when I began looking myself in the mirror and I actually saw me. The meek me was pathetic but it was good to see ME after so long.
Slowly but surely, I let my guards down.
And today, when people make fun of me my sensitive self starts sulking… But I don’t change for their sake. Instead I let myself heal. I know that there’ll always be people who’ll find me funny. So be it!
And today, when people say I’m acting silly, I nod my head in agreement. I let them know this is who I am, in silliness and in sanity. I know that if I’m not acting silly maybe I’m not acting me and I’d rather always be me.
And today, when people accuse me of being too selfish and self-centred, I shrug my shoulders because I know I of all the people MUST love myself.
And today, when people complain about how I’ve changed into an insensitive being, I smile. Only I and my new-found self know that the ride has been and is still going to be worth it.
And today, I can take everything coming from people. Even acceptance.
And today, I feel free.
And today, I know myself better.
And today, I am comfortable with myself.
And today, I accept me with the flaws and the scars.
And today, I do pat myself on the back.
And today, I tell YOU I’m proud of just how proud I am.
[p.s. This is the best coincidence actually. I was thinking of writing this post when I saw today's daily prompt... some days you are just meant to write what you were meant to write... after all]