I saw this on Pinterest and thought, "Yes. Yes this is it. This is exactly what I try to do in every part of my life. This is what I've tried to do via my blog, photography, dancing, reading, writing... everything." It's what I've been trying to do but hadn't realized it. It's more than just physically being comfortable in my own skin, it's accepting all that is me: the defeats, triumphs, changes, and roadblocks.
I blogged about sense of self before and when I re-read the post I realized I missed the biggest part about having a strong sense of self: pursuing passions. For what you love is truly the essence of who you are and to not actively try to live with your own passions is cheating yourself of the largest part of you.
I know we can't pursue our passions all the time, but I've been thinking about how I can find little ways to nourish that part of me. When I don't have the time to write, I can can still make up little stories in my head. If I can't make it to the ballet, I can at least listen to the score on Pandora. I don't have the time to be in a company, but I can still choreograph on my own in the studio. Maybe it's not the ideal situation, but it's better than nothing and all these little moments of nourishment won't be wasted- they're important. It's like having six small meals throughout the day rather than three huge ones.
I love the thought that pursuing these passions, even if just in small ways, will help me become comfortable in my own skin. I love the thought of owning my sense of self. I know this isn't revolutionary thinking, but to me it's a breakthrough in how I approach life and how I value the things I love to do.
Are you comfortable in your own skin?
Are you pursuing your passions (even if in small ways)?
Do you feel they're related?