Whoever you are, accept yourself.* Easier said than done, right? It’s difficult (because it’s something that you have to do every day. You can’t do it once and be done.), but it’s not impossible.
When I was growing up, I spent a lot of my time alone, because I didn’t want to spend time with people who were interested in “nerdy stuff”. Sadly, nerdy stuff was what I liked, and I could have probably made some good friends based on shared interests, but I didn’t want to – those people were nerds.
That meant that stuff like playing video games with others was out the window. Which was silly because I spent a lot of time playing games (video games are also a topic in this article, and this one!).
I never watched Star Trek, because I thought that it was just for nerds. Which is silly because I was into Star Wars. I’ve also, in the last few years, watched several episodes of Star Trek and really enjoyed it.
I also never got into fantasy books, because I thought the genre to be solely for the nerd-world. Which is silly because I was into scary stories (scary stories are also a topic in this article!). I’ve also recently started reading The Hobbit, and it’s pretty awesome.
So the moral of the story is this – whatever you are, whoever you are, accept yourself. Even if you are a nerd. And maybe you are. But those nerds are your people. Go be with your people. You’ll be happier that way.*
Hey, what’s with the huge asterisk?! I’m glad you asked!
Everything I just said about being yourself hinges on your understanding of who you really are (the true self is discussed in this episode of The Josh Greesonbach Show!).
If you know who you are, then you should accept yourself and be happy. But maybe you don’t know who you are!
It’s entirely possible that you only think that you know who you are and, if you settle into that false identity, you might be cutting yourself way short of your potential.
For example, I’m a bit of an introvert. Left to my own devices, I might hardly get out of the house. But I’m not content with that. I want to do more than that.
Now I want to do more, but there were times when I considered that I might just be shy. Maybe that’s just who I am, I thought. And maybe I shouldn’t push out of my comfort zone.
I don’t know what/who all God intends for me to be, but I know it’s more than a timid, invisible person.
It’s not easy for me to socialize, and it’s not necessarily getting easier, but I know that it’s worth it.
So I encourage you to accept yourself and to be happy with who you are, but to consider whether or not who you are is who our Lord intends for you to be.
And if you’re not, the cool thing is that he will help you get there. And we are all still in the process of getting there.
Now, tell me… who are you?