Well, in keeping this same idea, inner growth works the same way. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually we grow in our lives. With every shift or change, we have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves.
Certain things we learn with age, regardless of what we choose to do with our lives. But other times we have a choice. Are we going to be comfortable and do only that which we absolutely must do? Or do we look beyond with awareness? We can choose to embrace vulnerability and learn to be okay with the discomfort of the unfamiliar.
Our level of personal growth is a direct reflection of the amount of uncertainty we can handle.
When we don't take risks, face our fears and embrace our adventurous self that thirsts to experience more, we simply do not fulfill our potential. Are we willing to be okay with not knowing everything? Whether we are taking off to travel the world, loving without expecting anything in return or simply allowing our true selves to show, these are risks that can be very uncomfortable. And are they worth it? Of course they are.
Of course it is worth it to be the truest expression of ourselves. To allow the world to see who we really are, without a mask. Yes, it is uncertain- who knows how people will react. But does it matter? Regardless of what we do, there will always be those who will judge and point a finger.
In being who we are, we are allowing ourselves to grow into our strongest selves . Not to mention the freedom of not having to think about pretending to be someone else.
Being who we are sounds so simple, but it can we tricky in this world where there are so many expectations around how we "should" be. The truth is that the unhappiness associated with not being who we are is far worse than the discomfort we sometimes experience in following our unique path and heart's desire.
So let's embrace individuality.