A good friend send me the following words from the pen of Oscar Wilde: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
Liberating and almost impossible.
From the start to the finish we are bombarded with images and messages that make us believe that our true selves are never enough. You need to change, upgrade and convert. Otherwise you will never fit in.
Somewhere down the line, through all your effort to keep up with the bunch, you lose yourself.
There is a great expression in my mother tongue: “Ek is gatvol”. You end up feeling depressed and tired. It’s draining hating who you are.
But true conversion, the real upgrade happens when you stop the chase, when you embrace the face in the mirror and when you learn to love yourself.
This truth goes way back.
Someone asked Jesus about the main theme in the Hebrew Faith. What’s it all about?
“Love God and others, like you love yourself.” he said.
To love starts with loving yourself.