Celebrating Myself

I fall in love at the drop of a hat
I love the world and I love knowing that
I am too intense to be pretty
A whiff of the wild within the city

I am a creature of ideas. A thinker, a dreamer, a romantic. So I think it is good that I am also able to come up with useful thoughts. I have had a tough life, but I have been able to turn it into an adventure. And I have been able to learn skills that let me share my learnings with the world.

I think I am a rare and much needed presence in the world. I trigger new thought, I invite change by living it openly, freely and making the pursuit of ideals a little less scary for all (including me).

In my life, I have experienced courage, compassion, brilliance, caring, integrity, tolerance, generosity, hardship, luxury, challenges, victories, defeats, threats, reassurances, inspiration and enough boredom to think. I have learned the value of these. The freedom in being me fully – sparkles and warts and all.

In the process, I have discovered humility. I have learned that I am not invincible, I am not always right. There is the human in me to be found in crushing despair and euphoric joy. I have dissolved many boundaries fencing me in by reducing my need for agreement and approval. I have discovered the enrichment of diversity. I have let go of the need to prove myself in favor of being myself. I have let go of shame. I am perfectly me, no matter what. And I am ok with others being themselves, no matter what.

From differences to diversity, is my learning. I find opportunity everywhere I turn. I am curious. I love learning. Discovering that “I don’t know.”. I have learned skills to enrich this eager mind of mine. To deal with ideas, and set them free. To not cage them in opinions and conditions.

I appreciate my sensuality, my sexuality, my womanhood, my motherhood. I rejoice that I experience them. I relish the zing of attraction without guilt, the endless demands of a child without frustration, living in the moment, immersing myself in it.

I make no apologies for being powerful. To wield the power I need without needing sanction from those more powerful. I feel no need to compete for something that is mine. I cross imposed lines on principle. I place no blame on me for suffering the retaliation of a world that would cage me in. I endure wrongs I cannot change, but I bow to no beliefs that disrespect mine.

I am me. I live celebrating myself. I live claiming all the space in the world that I need. Sans apology or shame.

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Vidyut
Vidyut is a blogger on issues of National interest. Staunch advocate of rights, learning and freedoms. @Vidyut

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