This week, what's really on my mind is this concept of "owning who you are". A chat with a good friend a few months back yielded this treasure - "Mel, everyone has their own 'thing' - and it doesn't make sense to copy someone else's 'thing'. You have to find your own." I'm paraphrasing, of course, memory issues, remember? She obviously said it way better.
But this idea has really stuck with me ever since. I admire so many women - there are just so many talented ladies out there! And often, that admiration can turn into envy. Why can't I have a garden like hers? I would love to make quilts like that! She is such a patient mother. She is so outgoing. And on, and on, and on. And these are all wonderful things to admire...but that's where it needs to end.
So what's the defense to this streak of envy that preys on our hearts? I think it's this:
Being content to be me.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
God create us uniquely. Our special blend of talent, personality, and physical traits - there is no one like you! And to wish to be someone else, is kind of like telling God He was wrong when he put you together.
So I am striving to be content in myself. Not to apologize for being who I am. And to fully embrace what makes me unique.
And although I can define the "me" now - that in no way limits the future "me". I am not talking about ceasing to grow and learn, but loving yourself along the way. Last year I couldn't have referred to myself as a "Runner". But over the last 7 months I have become one. That is a new part of me that I enjoy and am passionate about. It also isn't the only part of me! If I cease to run tomorrow - there is plenty more that defines my life and purpose. I believe we all have many "things" that make us special.
If there was one thing I could wish for all of my friends (especially us ladies, we are so hard on ourselves) - it would be to love who you are and embrace the journey to who you are becoming.