This is a little spoken word piece that I wrote. I'm going to read it to you. Let's go. Enjoy the video below. It's called "Accepting Me."
A friend gave me an exhortation that was essentially this: “You need to let yourself be loved.” In other words, “let people love you.” As soon as the words were spoken, I knew they contained a deep truth that needed to be explored. I couldn’t put a finger on it, but I knew that, at some level, I had an inability to receive love.
I had a school assignment recently where I had to give a 10 minute message, TED talk style, to an audience of 30 students. It was vulnerable to put myself out there and share a part of my heart. Being on a stage…
I thought I was self-aware. To me, I was the most self-aware person I knew. I had no blindspots, and if I did, I would find them soon enough, all by myself.
I’m reading Wild at Heart by John Eldredge again, and it has been tearing my heart into beautiful little pieces. I didn’t know how much I needed it. It’s awakened a part of my soul that has been lying dormant. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but I recognize that it’s time to dive into my masculinity.
Someone asked this question of me recently: "What was your dream when you were a kid? What did you want to be?" I could barely remember anything specific, but I do remember the deep longing I felt as a 4 or 6 year old. The longing to be great.
This spring, I went on a ‘No Shame Campaign’ to abolish shame from my life. I can honestly say, without any pride, that I have been shame-free since then. I don’t mean that there are never moments where I feel shame, but that I’ve developed a resiliency to…