Shedding Your Armor

You should be beloved with out having to cover the elements of your self you assume are unlovable.

In the present day I flip 51.

4 easy phrases. And but, my coronary heart flutters as a sort, and I really feel one thing akin to…worry. I’ve lied about my age for therefore lengthy that I really feel as if I’m pulling off some armor of acceptance. I worry if I “out” myself for being over a sure age, I’ll instantly be deemed, unworthy, unattractive, unrelatable even unlovable.

As I sort. I understand how loopy and superficial it sounds. I additionally understand how actual it feels.

Let me clarify.

I used to be informed to begin mendacity about my age at 26.

I labored within the leisure business in TV and Radio Broadcasting with some small appearing work thrown within the combine right here and there. As a girl in that discipline at the moment, age, expertise, and knowledge weren’t valued. The qualities of youth, vitality, vitality, and attractiveness had been necessary and regarded “marketable”. (It took me a very long time to study they these qualities aren’t mutually unique of one another).

And so started a a long time lengthy profession of mendacity. I take advantage of the phrase “profession” actually and figuratively.

Nonetheless, I wasn’t simply mendacity at work or at auditions. I used to be mendacity about my age to buddies, acquaintances, dates.

The extra I lied, the extra I believed THE LIE that if I revealed my actual age folks’s notion of me would change for the more serious.

As I began to unravel the neurosis that I had constructed myself, I spotted that all of us cover the issues about ourselves that we expect will make folks understand us as “lower than”.

The hidden elements might be precise literal issues… like our thighs, our wage, our age. They will also be qualities and traits that we expect make us unworthy, like our insecurity, our anger, our psychological well being points.
As I began pulling the hanging thread on this jumbled ball of myself, the extra I shook free. I spotted that though my age was what I used to be overtly hiding from the world, it was only a symptom of so many different issues I used to be hiding, in the beginning from myself.

And so started what I wish to name the dissection course of. The chopping aside and analyzing myself with the precision of a surgeon and the compassion and gentleness of a nurse.

 Discovering outdated wounds, outdated blocks, outdated triggers was a gradual and tedious course of. As soon as I found what these areas had been, I moved on to the gradual and painful means of determining the place these points stemmed from. The ultimate step was therapeutic. Therapeutic was additionally gradual, tedious, and painful, but invaluable.

Therapeutic concerned forgiving myself for the traits and issues that I believed made me “lower than” or missing and realizing that they weren’t flaws, simply elements of being human.

My greatest buddy handed away at 37. My brother died 6 months in the past at 58.

I now know age is one thing to be pleased about, to be celebrated, admired, lauded. Every day is actually a present. 
My “age hang-up” was only a symptom. 

I additionally now know that the issues every one in all us hides beneath our custom-designed ,impenetrable armor are additionally issues to be pleased about. 

The aim of our lives, as I see it, is to discover, perceive, and faucet into the attractive wholeness that we’re. These “mushy spots” and perceived shortcomings are the place the true work begins. Not in “fixing” what we expect to be the issue, however in realizing that there aren’t any issues, solely alternatives for development.


Journalist specialized in online marketing as Social Media Manager. I help professionals and companies to become more Internet and online reputation, which allows to give life to the Social Media Strategies defined for the Company, and thus immortalize brands, products and services. I have participated as an exhibitor in various forums nationally and internationally, I am the author of several articles in digital magazines and Blogs.

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